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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Float  \Float\  (fl[=o]t),  n.[OE.  flote  ship,  boat,  fleet,  AS 
  flota  ship,  fr  fle['o]tan  to  float;  akin  to  D.  vloot  fleet, 
  G.  floss  raft,  Icel.  floti  float,  raft,  fleet,  Sw  flotta. 
  [root]  84.  See  {Fleet},  v.  i.,  and  cf  {Flotilla},  {Flotsam}, 
  {Plover}.] 
  1.  Anything  which  floats  or  rests  on  the  surface  of  a  fluid, 
  as  to  sustain  weight,  or  to  indicate  the  height  of  the 
  surface,  or  mark  the  place  of  something  Specifically: 
  a  A  mass  of  timber  or  boards  fastened  together,  and 
  conveyed  down  a  stream  by  the  current;  a  raft. 
  b  The  hollow,  metallic  ball  of  a  self-acting  faucet, 
  which  floats  upon  the  water  in  a  cistern  or  boiler. 
  c  The  cork  or  quill  used  in  angling,  to  support  the  bait 
  line  and  indicate  the  bite  of  a  fish. 
  d  Anything  used  to  buoy  up  whatever  is  liable  to  sink; 
  an  inflated  bag  or  pillow  used  by  persons  learning  to 
  swim;  a  life  preserver. 
 
  This  reform  bill  .  .  .  had  been  used  as  a  float 
  by  the  conservative  ministry.  --J.  P. 
  Peters. 
 
  2.  A  float  board.  See  {Float  board}  (below). 
 
  3.  (Tempering)  A  contrivance  for  affording  a  copious  stream 
  of  water  to  the  heated  surface  of  an  object  of  large  bulk, 
  as  an  anvil  or  die.  --Knight. 
 
  4.  The  act  of  flowing;  flux;  flow.  [Obs.]  --Bacon. 
 
  5.  A  quantity  of  earth,  eighteen  feet  square  and  one  foot 
  deep.  [Obs.]  --Mortimer. 
 
  6.  (Plastering)  The  trowel  or  tool  with  which  the  floated 
  coat  of  plastering  is  leveled  and  smoothed. 
 
  7.  A  polishing  block  used  in  marble  working;  a  runner. 
  --Knight. 
 
  8.  A  single-cut  file  for  smoothing;  a  tool  used  by  shoemakers 
  for  rasping  off  pegs  inside  a  shoe. 
 
  9.  A  coal  cart.  [Eng.]  --Simmonds. 
 
  10.  The  sea;  a  wave.  See  {Flote},  n. 
 
  {Float  board},  one  of  the  boards  fixed  radially  to  the  rim  of 
  an  undershot  water  wheel  or  of  a  steamer's  paddle  wheel; 
  --  a  vane. 
 
  {Float  case}  (Naut.),  a  caisson  used  for  lifting  a  ship. 
 
  {Float}  {copper  or  gold}  (Mining),  fine  particles  of  metallic 
  copper  or  of  gold  suspended  in  water,  and  thus  liable  to 
  be  lost. 
 
  {Float  ore},  water-worn  particles  of  ore;  fragments  of  vein 
  material  found  on  the  surface,  away  from  the  vein  outcrop. 
  --Raymond. 
 
  {Float  stone}  (Arch.),  a  siliceous  stone  used  to  rub 
  stonework  or  brickwork  to  a  smooth  surface. 
 
  {Float  valve},  a  valve  or  cock  acted  upon  by  a  float.  See 
  {Float},  1 
  b  . 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Float  \Float\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  cause  to  float;  to  cause  to  rest  or  move  on  the  surface 
  of  a  fluid;  as  the  tide  floated  the  ship  into  the  harbor. 
 
  Had  floated  that  bell  on  the  Inchcape  rock. 
  --Southey. 
 
  2.  To  flood;  to  overflow;  to  cover  with  water. 
 
  Proud  Pactolus  floats  the  fruitful  lands.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  (Plastering)  To  pass  over  and  level  the  surface  of  with  a 
  float  while  the  plastering  is  kept  wet. 
 
  4.  To  support  and  sustain  the  credit  of  as  a  commercial 
  scheme  or  a  joint-stock  company,  so  as  to  enable  it  to  go 
  into  or  continue  in  operation. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Float  \Float\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Floated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Floating}.]  [OE.  flotien,  flotten,  AS  flotian  to  float, 
  swim,  fr  fle['o]tan.  See  {Float},  n.] 
  1.  To  rest  on  the  surface  of  any  fluid;  to  swim;  to  be  buoyed 
  up 
 
  The  ark  no  more  now  floats,  but  seems  on  ground. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Three  blustering  nights,  borne  by  the  southern 
  blast,  I  floated.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  move  quietly  or  gently  on  the  water,  as  a  raft;  to 
  drift  along  to  move  or  glide  without  effort  or  impulse  on 
  the  surface  of  a  fluid,  or  through  the  air. 
 
  They  stretch  their  broad  plumes  and  float  upon  the 
  wind.  --Pope. 
 
  There  seems  a  floating  whisper  on  the  hills. 
  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  float 
  n  1:  the  time  interval  between  the  deposit  of  a  check  in  a  bank 
  and  its  payment 
  2:  the  number  of  shares  outstanding  and  available  for  trading 
  by  the  public 
  3:  a  drink  with  ice  cream  floating  in  it  [syn:  {ice-cream  soda}, 
  {ice-cream  float}] 
  4:  something  that  remains  on  the  surface  of  a  liquid 
  v  1:  be  in  motion  due  to  some  air  current;  "The  leaves  were 
  blowing  in  the  wind";  "the  boat  drifted  on  the  lake" 
  [syn:  {drift},  {be  adrift},  {blow}] 
  2:  be  afloat;  stay  on  a  liquid  surface;  not  sink  [syn:  {swim}] 
  [ant:  {sink}] 
  3:  set  afloat;  "He  floated  the  logs  down  the  river";  "The  boy 
  floated  his  toy  boat  on  the  pond" 
  4:  allow  (currencies)  to  fluctuate;  "The  government  floated  the 
  ruble  for  a  few  months" 




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