Definition of float noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fləʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//floʊt//
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  1. 1 a large vehicle on which people dressed in special costumes are carried in a festival a carnival float
  2. in fishing
  3. 2a small light object attached to a fishing line that stays on the surface of the water and moves when a fish has been caught float fishing
  4. for swimming
  5. 3a light object that floats in the water and is held by a person who is learning to swim to stop them from sinking Wordfinderarmband, dive, flipper, float, goggles, length, paddle, stroke, swim, water wings
  6. drink
  7. 4 (North American English) a drink with ice cream floating in it a Coke float
  8. money
  9. 5(especially British English) a sum of money consisting of coins and notes of low value that is given to somebody before they start selling things so that they can give customers change
  10. business
  11. 6= flotation
  12. Word OriginOld English flotian (verb), of Germanic origin and related to fleet ‘move or pass quickly’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French floter, also from Germanic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: float