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
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 [syn: plasterer's float]
6 something that remains on the surface of a liquid
1 be in motion due to some air or water current; "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" [syn: drift, be adrift, blow]
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"
- Rhymes: -əʊt
|flotian, from . Compare Old Norse flota, Icelandic fljóta and Mittle Dutch vloten.
- A buoyant device
used to support something in water or another liquid.
- Attach the float and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
- A sort of trowel used
for finishing concrete
- When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a float.
- An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for
display in a parade or
- That float covered in roses is very pretty.
- A small battery-powered vehicle used for local deliveries, especially in the term milk float.
- Funds committed to be paid but not yet paid.
- Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the float so we stay within our reserves limit.
- In the context of "finance|AU|and other Commonwealth
countries?": An offering of shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public,
normally followed by a listing on a stock
- 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 http://www.fido.asic.gov.au/fido/fido.nsf/print/Buying+shares+in+a+float?opendocument
- The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written
against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the
- No sir, your current float is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
- In the context of "insurance": Premiums taken in but not yet
- We make a lot of interest from our nightly float.
- Short form of floating-point
- That routine should not have used an int, it should be a float.
- A soft beverage with a
scoop of vanilla ice-cream
floating in it.
- It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" float.
- A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.
SynonymsShares offered to the public:
buoyant device used to support something in liquid
sort of trowel
trailer in parade
- German: Festwagen
- Russian: платформа (platfórma)
funds committed to be paid but not yet paid
banking: total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank
insurance: premiums taken in but not yet paid out
programming: short form of floating-point number
- Dutch: vlottende kommagetal
- Finnish: liukuluku
- German: Float
soft beverage with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream floating in it
- Of an object or substance, to be supported by a liquid of
greater density than the object so as that part of the object or
substance remains above the surface.
- The boat floated on the water.
- The oil floated on the vinegar.
- The boat floated on the water.
- To be capable of floating.
- That boat doesn't float.
- Oil floats on vinegar.
- That boat doesn't float.
- To drift gently through the air.
- The balloon floated off into the distance.
- To drift or wander aimlessly.
- I'm not sure where they went... they're floating around here
- Images from my childhood floated through my mind.
- I'm not sure where they went... they're floating around here somewhere.
- To move in a particular direction with the liquid in which one
- I'd love to just float downstream.
- To move in a fluid manner.
- The dancer floated gracefully around the stage.
- To automatically adjust a parameter as related parameters change.
- intransitive finance
(of currencies) To have an exchange value determined by the markets
as opposed to by rule.
- The yen floats against the dollar.
- (of an idea or scheme) To be viable.
- That's a daft idea... it'll never float.
- To cause something to be suspended in a liquid of greater density; as, to float a boat.
- To propose (an idea) for consideration.
- I floated the idea of free ice-cream on Fridays, but no one was interested.
- To extend a short-term loan to.
- Could you float me $50 until payday?
- transitive finance
To allow (the exchange value of a currency) to be determined by the
- The government floated the pound in January.
- To issue or sell shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public,
followed by listing on a
- 2005, He floated the company on the Milan Stock Exchange last December and sold 29 per cent of its shares, mostly to American investors. — article by Dewi Cooke, The Age newspaper, 21 June 2005 (about Mario Moretti Polegato) http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/shoemaker-strides-for-world-domination/2005/06/20/1119250927926.html?from=moreStories
be supported by a liquid
be capable of floating
drift gently through the air
move in a particular direction with the liquid in which one is floating
move in a fluid manner
- Dutch: vloeien
- Finnish: lipua, leijua
- French: flotter
- German: gleiten, schweben
- Lithuanian: tekėti
- Spanish: flotar
automatically adjust a parameter as related parameters change
- Dutch: vloeien
allow a price to be determined by the markets as opposed to by rule
- Finnish: kellua
- French: flotter
- Japanese: 超える (koeru)
cause to be suspended
propose for consideration
extend a short-term loan to
- German: borgen
Float or floating may refer to the following:
- Float (fishing), a bite indicator used in angling
- Float, a Cascading Style Sheets attribute.
- Float (parade), a decorated vehicle or platform, animal- or man-drawn or motorized, used in a festive parade
- Float (money supply), in economics, makes up the smallest part of the money supply
- Float (project management), project time management device
- Float (finance); the free float of a public company is an estimate of proportion of shares
- Float (breakdance move), a balance-intensive breakdance move
- Float (Aesop Rock album), a 2000 album by rapper Aesop Rock
- Float (Flogging Molly album), a 2008 album by Irish punk band Flogging Molly
- Floating window is also used to describe a window in a graphical user interface where the window always stays on top of others even when inactive
- "Float", a song by The Music from their 2003 album The Music
- Valve float, part of an internal combustion engine
- Milk float, a small battery electric vehicle specifically designed for the delivery of fresh milk
- Root beer float, ice cream and root beer served together in one container
- Planemaker's Float, a rasp-like woodworking tool having a series of sharp parallel cutting teeth.
- Pontoon (boat), an air-filled vessel such as a boat or ship floats on water, sometimes known as a float
- IEEE 754, standard for representing floating point numbers in computer science, commonly known as float
- Floating (psychological phenomenon), slipping into altered states
- Dampening, the guitar technique of sustaining a chord rather than scratching, also known as "floating"
- Floating currency, a currency that uses a floating exchange rate as its exchange rate regime
- Floating exchange rate, a type of exchange rate regime wherein a currency's value is allowed to fluctuate according to the foreign exchange market
- Floating (dance), a group of footwork-oriented dance techniques closely related to popping
- Floating point, a datatype in computer science
- Floating, in electronics, being electrically disconnected from a power source, for example, a floating-gate transistor has a gate element insulated from its electrodes
- Floating, in computer typesetting environments such as HTML, wikitext, or desktop publishing, describes the alignment of an element to the left or right while text wraps around it
- Floating (album), the third album by the German progressive rock band Eloy
- Isolation tank use is often referred to as "floating".
float in German: Float
float in Dutch: Float
float in Japanese: フロート
float in Thai: โฟลต
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