(noun, verb)


1. the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

Definition categories: time, interval

2. the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

Definition categories: possession, stock

3. a drink with ice cream floating in it

Definition categories: food, drink

4. an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade

Definition categories: man–made, display, presentation

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

Definition categories: man–made, artefact, artifact

7. an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy

Definition categories: animal, sac

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 [2]

- 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

Similar word(s): blow, drift

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

Similar word(s): swim

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

3. set afloat

- He floated the logs down the river

- The boy floated his toy boat on the pond

Definition categories: motion, transport

4. circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with

- The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform

Definition categories: social, essay, examine, prove, test, try

5. move lightly, as if suspended

- The dancer floated across the stage

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

6. put into the water

- float a ship

Definition categories: contact, launch

7. make the surface of level or smooth

- float the plaster

Definition categories: contact, smooth, smoothen

8. allow (currencies) to fluctuate

- The government floated the ruble for a few months

Definition categories: cognition, value

9. convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation

- float data

Definition categories: change, convert

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.