floatverb definition in Travelling by boat or ship topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
verb: Travelling by boat or ship topic
1 [intransitive]+ adv./prep.to move slowly on water or in the airA 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 sinkWood floats.float in/on somethingA plastic bag was floating in the water.Can you float on your back?