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    float - Dictionary definition and meaning for word float

    Definition
    (noun) the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment Definition
    (noun) the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public Definition
    (noun) a drink with ice cream floating in it Definition
    (noun) an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade Definition
    (noun) a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
    Synonyms : plasterer's float
    Definition
    (noun) something that floats on the surface of water Definition
    (noun) an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
    Synonyms : air bladder , swim bladder
    Definition
    (verb) be in motion due to some air or water current
    Synonyms : be adrift , blow , drift
    Example Sentence
    • The 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
    Definition
    (verb) be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    Synonyms : swim
    Definition
    (verb) set afloat
    Example Sentence
    • He floated the logs down the river
    • The boy floated his toy boat on the pond
    Definition
    (verb) circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
    Example Sentence
    • The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform
    Definition
    (verb) move lightly, as if suspended
    Example Sentence
    • The dancer floated across the stage
    Definition
    (verb) put into the water
    Example Sentence
    • float a ship
    Definition
    (verb) make the surface of level or smooth
    Example Sentence
    • float the plaster
    Definition
    (verb) allow (currencies) to fluctuate
    Example Sentence
    • The government floated the ruble for a few months
    Definition
    (verb) convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
    Example Sentence
    • float data
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