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Float meaning

float - 26 dictionary results

  1. 1. a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
  2. 2. an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck ( or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
  3. 3. make the surface of level or smooth; " float the plaster"
  4. 4. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the surface, or mark the place of, something.
  5. 5. A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
  6. 6. The hollow, metallic ball of a self- acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
  7. 7. The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
  8. 8. Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver.
  9. 9. A float board. See Float board ( below).
  10. 10. A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
  11. 11. The act of flowing; flux; flow.
  12. 12. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
  13. 13. The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
  14. 14. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
  15. 15. A single- cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
  16. 16. A coal cart.
  17. 17. The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
  18. 18. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
  19. 19. To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid, or through the air.
  20. 20. To cause to float; to cause to rest or move on the surface of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor.
  21. 21. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
  22. 22. To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.
  23. 23. A float board. See board ( below).
  24. 24. Anything floating; a raft.
  25. 25. To cause to float.
  26. 26. To rest on or in a fluid without sinking.

float - examples of usage

  1. It was sufficiently buoyant to float when empty, but would not sustain any weight. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. They'll only float, and the Second Mate or the Skipper will be sure to spot them." - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. It was only necessary to put out one's arms to float. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
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