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English noun: floater

1. floater (state) spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens

SamplesFloaters seem to drift through the field of vision.

Synonymsmusca volitans, muscae volitantes, spots

Broader (hypernym)symptom

2. floater (possession) a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)

Broader (hypernym)certificate of indebtedness, debt instrument, obligation

3. floater (person) a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

Synonymsdrifter, vagabond, vagrant

Broader (hypernym)bird of passage, have-not, poor person, roamer, rover, wanderer

Narrower (hyponym)beachcomber, bum, hobo, sundowner, tramp

4. floater (person) an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed

Broader (hypernym)employee

5. floater (person) a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election

Broader (hypernym)elector, voter

6. floater (person) a swimmer who floats in the water

Broader (hypernym)bather, natator, swimmer

7. floater (object) an object that floats or is capable of floating

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)berg, iceberg

8. floater (communication) an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

Synonymsfloating policy

Broader (hypernym)insurance, insurance policy, policy

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