float verb definition in Travelling by boat or ship topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

float

 verb: Travelling by boat or ship topic
1 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly on water or in the air A group of swans floated by. The smell of new bread floated up from the kitchen. Beautiful music came floating out of the window. The boats were floating gently down the river. (figurative) An idea suddenly floated into my mind. (figurative) People seem to float in and out of my life. 2 [intransitive] to stay on or near the surface of a liquid and not sink Wood floats. float in/on something A plastic bag was floating in the water. Can you float on your back?

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