float


float
/floʊt / (say floht)

verb (i)
1. to rest on the surface of a liquid; be buoyant.
2. to move gently on the surface of a liquid; drift along.
3. to rest or move in or as in a liquid, the air, etc.
4. to move or hover before the eyes or in the mind.
5. to pass from one to another, as a rumour.
6. to move or drift about free from attachment.
7. to be launched or floated, as a company, scheme, etc.
8. Commerce to be in circulation, as an acceptance; be awaiting maturity.
verb (t)
9. to cause to float.
10. to cover with water; flood; irrigate.
11. to launch (a company, scheme, etc.); set going.
12. to sell on the market, as a stock or a bond.
13. to make smooth or level, as the surface of plaster.
14. to allow the rate of exchange of (a currency) to find its own level in a foreign exchange market.
15. to put forward (an idea, etc.) for the attention or consideration of others; put into circulation.
16. to convey (a horse) in a horse float.
noun
17. something that floats, as a raft.
18. something for buoying up.
19. an inflated bag to sustain a person in water; a life jacket.
20. Plumbing, Machinery, etc. (in certain apparatus, cisterns, etc.) a device, as a hollow ball, which through its buoyancy automatically regulates the level, supply, or outlet of a liquid.
21. pontoon1 (def. 2).
22. paddle1 (def. 2).
23. Aeronautics a hollow, boat-like part under the wing or fuselage of an aeroplane enabling it to float on water.
24. Angling a piece of cork or hollow plastic for supporting a baited line in the water and showing by its movement when a fish bites.
25. Zoology an inflated organ that supports an animal in the water.
26. a platform on wheels, bearing a display, and drawn in a procession.
27.
a. British a low-bodied vehicle for transporting goods, especially one powered by batteries: a milk float.
b. a large low-bodied vehicle used to transport heavy equipment or machinery.
28. horse float.
29. any of various tools for smoothing, levelling, or the like, as a kind of file for smoothing the teeth of a horse, a plasterer's trowel, etc.
30. the loose yarn on the back of cloth due to a figure weave or brocading.
31. a quantity of money used by shopkeepers and others to provide change at the start of any transactions; the equivalent sum should remain at the finish of the proceedings.
32. the total value of cheques written but still not presented at one's bank.
33. the initial raising of capital for a new company by means of public subscription to its securities.
34. (plural) Theatre the footlights.
phrase
35. whatever floats your boat, Colloquial whatever excites or interests you.
{Middle English flotie(n), Old English flotian, related to fleet2 (verb)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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