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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


Synonymsswim


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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