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definition of the word float

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Old English flotian (to float), from Proto-Germanic *flutojanan. Compare Old Norse flota, Icelandic fljóta and Mittle Dutch vloten.

Singular
float

Plural
floats

float (plural floats)

  1. 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.
  2. A sort of trowel used for finishing concrete surfaces.
    When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a float.
  3. An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for display in a parade or pageant.
    That float covered in roses is very pretty.
  4. (UK) A small battery-powered vehicle used for local deliveries, especially in the term milk float.
  5. (finance) 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.
  6. (finance, Australia, 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 exchange.
    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 [1]
  7. (banking) The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the account.
    No sir, your current float is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
  8. (insurance) Premiums taken in but not yet paid out.
    We make a lot of interest from our nightly float.
  9. (programming) Short form of floating-point number.
    That routine should not have used an int; it should be a float.
  10. 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.
  11. A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.

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