(lb) 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.
(lb) To cause something to be suspended in a liquid of greater density; as, to float a boat.
(lb) To be capable of floating.
- The oil floated on the vinegar.
- That boat doesn’t float .
(lb) To move in a particular direction with the liquid in which one is floating
- Oil floats on vinegar.
(lb) To drift or wander aimlessly.
- I’d love to just float downstream.
- I’m not sure where they went... they’re floating around here somewhere.
(lb) To drift gently through the air.
- Images from my childhood floated through my mind.
(lb) To move in a fluid manner.
- The balloon floated off into the distance.
(of an idea or scheme) To be viable.
- The dancer floated gracefully around the stage.
(lb) To propose (an idea) for consideration.
- That’s a daft idea... it’ll never float .
(lb) To automatically adjust a parameter as related parameters change.
(of currencies) To have an exchange value determined by the markets as opposed to by rule.
- I floated the idea of free ice-cream on Fridays, but no one was interested.
To allow (the exchange value of a currency) to be determined by the markets.
- The yen floats against the dollar.
- The government floated the pound in January.
To extend a short-term loan to.
- Increased pressure on Thailand’s currency, the baht, in 1997 led to a crisis that forced the government to float the currency.
To issue or sell shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public, followed by listing on a stock exchange.
* 2005 June 21, Dewi Cooke, (The Age) [http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/shoemaker-strides-for-world-domination/2005/06/20/1119250927926.html?from=moreStories],
- Could you float me $50 until payday?
* 2007', Jonathan Reuvid, '''''Floating Your Company: The Essential Guide to Going Public .
* 2011 , Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Yearbook 2011: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security , footnote i,
- He [Mario Moretti Polegato] floated the company on the Milan Stock Exchange last December and sold 29 per cent of its shares, mostly to American investors.
(lb) To use a float (tool).
- As a result of this reverse acquisition, Hurlingham changed its name to Manroy plc and floated shares on the Alternative Investment Market in London.
(lb) To perform a .
- It is time to float this horse's teeth.
* float someone's boat
* whatever floats your boat
A buoyant device used to support something in water or another liquid.
A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
A float board.
A tool similar to a rasp, used in various trades.
A sort of trowel used for finishing concrete surfaces or smoothing plaster.
- Attach the float and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for display in a parade or pageant.
- When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a float .
(lb) A small vehicle used for local deliveries, especially in the term milk float.
* 1913 ,
- That float covered in roses is very pretty.
(lb) Funds committed to be paid but not yet paid.
- As soon as the skies brightened and plum-blossom was out, Paul drove off in the milkman's heavy float up to Willey Farm.
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.
- Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the float so we stay within our reserves limit.
(lb) The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the account.
- 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.'' — financial tips article, ''Buying shares in a float [http://www.fido.asic.gov.au/fido/fido.nsf/print/Buying+shares+in+a+float?opendocument]
(lb) Premiums taken in but not yet paid out.
- No sir, your current float is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
(lb) A floating-point number.
- We make a lot of interest from our nightly float .
A soft beverage with a scoop of ice-cream floating in it.
- That routine should not have used an int; it should be a float .
A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.
(lb) A maneuver where a player calls on the flop or turn with a weak hand, with the intention of after a subsequent community card.
(lb) One of the loose ends of yarn on an unfinished work.
(lb) a car carrier or car transporter truck or truck-and-trailer combination
(lb) a lowboy trailer
(lb) A device sending a copious stream of water to the heated surface of a bulky object, such as an anvil or die.
- It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" float .
(lb) The act of flowing; flux; flow.
A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
- (Francis Bacon)
A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
A coal cart.
* initial public offering
That which floats or float.
Not fixed in position, opinion etc.; free to move or drift.
- floating buoys
- The outcome of the forthcoming election is still unclear due to the large number of floating voters.
- In China, the large floating population has tended to gravitate to cities.
(linguistics, of a tone) that is not attached to any consonant or vowel within its morpheme.
- You can drag the floating toolbars to any position on the screen.
* floating point, floating-point
* floating voter
(in the plural) Material that floats in a liquid.
* 1898 , Journal of Microscopy (page 256)
- Plastic mud, brownish tinted, rich in floatings .