• Float Definition & Synonyms
- (v. i.) A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
- (n.) To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
- (v. t.) To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.
- (v. i.) The act of flowing; flux; flow.
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. i.) The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
- (v. i.) A coal cart.
- (v. i.) A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
- (v. t.) To support and sustain the credit of, as a commercial scheme or a joint-stock company, so as to enable it to go into, or continue in, operation.
- (v. i.) The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
- (v. i.) Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver.
- (v. i.) A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
- (n.) 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.
- (v. i.) The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
- (v. t.) To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
- (v. i.) A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
- (v. i.) 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.
- (v. i.) A float board. See Float board (below).
- (v. i.) The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
- (v. i.) A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
• Floating Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) The second coat of three-coat plastering.
- (a.) Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as, floating capital; a floating debt.
- (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Float
- (n.) Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.
- (a.) Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals.
- (a.) Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air.
- (n.) The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also fattening, plumping, and laying out.
• Floater Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) A float for indicating the height of a liquid surface.
- (n.) One who floats or swims.
- () A person, as a delegate to a convention or a member of a legislature, who represents an irregular constituency, as one formed by a union of the voters of two counties neither of which has a number sufficient to be allowed a (or an extra) representative of its own.
- () A person who votes illegally in various polling places or election districts, either under false registration made by himself or under the name of some properly registered person who has not already voted.
- () A voter who shifts from party to party, esp. one whose vote is purchasable.