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English noun: float

1. float (time) the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

2. float (possession) the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

Broader (hypernym)stock

3. float (food) a drink with ice cream floating in it

Synonymsice-cream float, ice-cream soda

Broader (hypernym)drink

Narrower (hyponym)root beer float

4. float (artifact) an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade

Broader (hypernym)display, presentation

5. float (artifact) a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco

Synonymsplasterer's float

Broader (hypernym)hand tool

6. float (artifact) something that floats on the surface of water

Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)bob, bobber, bobfloat, chip, cork, flotation device, life preserver, pontoon, preserver, raft

7. float (animal) an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy

Synonymsair bladder, swim bladder

Broader (hypernym)sac

English verb: float

1. float (motion) be in motion due to some air or water current

SamplesThe leaves were blowing in the wind.
The boat drifted on the lake.
The sailboat was adrift on the open sea.
The shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore.

Synonymsbe adrift, blow, drift

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)stream, tide, waft

Verb groupdrift, float

2. float (motion) be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

ExamplesThese cars won't float


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)buoy

Verb groupfloat, float

Antonymsgo under, go down, sink, settle

3. float (motion) set afloat

SamplesHe floated the logs down the river.
The boy floated his toy boat on the pond.

ExamplesThe girls float the wooden sticks

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)transport

Narrower (hyponym)drift, refloat, tide

Verb groupfloat, float, swim

4. float (social) circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with

SamplesThe Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out

5. float (motion) move lightly, as if suspended

SamplesThe dancer floated across the stage.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)ride

Verb groupbe adrift, blow, drift, float, float, swim

6. float (contact) put into the water

SamplesFloat a ship.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)launch

Verb groupfloat

7. float (contact) make the surface of level or smooth

SamplesFloat the plaster.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)smooth, smoothen

Domain categorymasonry

8. float (cognition) allow (currencies) to fluctuate

SamplesThe government floated the ruble for a few months.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)value

9. float (change) convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation

SamplesFloat data.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change over, convert

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