1. the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
2. the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
3. a drink with ice cream floating in it
4. an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
5. a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
Definition categories: man–made
6. something that floats on the surface of water
7. an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
Sentences with float as a noun:
- Attach the float and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
- When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a float.
- That float covered in roses is very pretty.
- Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the float so we stay within our reserves limit.
- 2006, You don't actually need a broker to buy shares in a float when a company is about to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. — Australian Securities and Investments Commission financial tips article, Buying shares in a float 
- No sir, your current float is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
- We make a lot of interest from our nightly float.
- That routine should not have used an int; it should be a float.
- It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" float.
1. be in motion due to some air or water current
2. be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
Similar word(s): swim
3. set afloat
- He floated the logs down the river
- The boy floated his toy boat on the pond
4. circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
- The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform
5. move lightly, as if suspended
- The dancer floated across the stage
6. put into the water
- float a ship
7. make the surface of level or smooth
- float the plaster
8. allow (currencies) to fluctuate
- The government floated the ruble for a few months
9. convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
- float data
Sentences with float as a verb:
- The boat floated on the water.
- The oil floated on the vinegar.
- That boat doesn’t float.
- Oil floats on vinegar.
- I’d love to just float downstream.
- I’m not sure where they went... they’re floating around here somewhere.
- Images from my childhood floated through my mind.
- The balloon floated off into the distance.
- The dancer floated gracefully around the stage.
- That’s a daft idea... it’ll never float.
- I floated the idea of free ice-cream on Fridays, but no one was interested.
- The yen floats against the dollar.
- The government floated the pound in January.
- Increased pressure on Thailand’s currency, the baht, in 1997 led to a crisis that forced the government to float the currency.
- Could you float me $50 until payday?
- It is time to float this horse's teeth.