Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “float”

float

verb  /floʊt/ us  

float verb (MOVE ON LIQUID)

[I/T] to stay or move easily on or over the surface of a liquid, or to cause something to move in this way: [I] An empty bottle will float on water. [I] I’d float around for hours, just fishing. [T] Fill the cups with hot coffee and float heavy cream on top. [I] We spent a lazy afternoon floating down the river. [I] fig. She removes the pins and her hair floats (= moves gracefully) down around her. [I] fig. Reports have been floating around (= heard from various people) that the company might be for sale. [I/T] Float also means to move easily through air: [I] Fluffy white clouds were floating across the sky.

float verb (MONEY)

[T] to sell bonds (= official papers given to people who lend money to a government or company): Cities float bond issues that are payable from property taxes.

float

noun [C]  /floʊt/ us  

float noun [C] (VEHICLE)

a large vehicle that is decorated and used in parades (= public celebrations in which people march, walk, and ride along a planned route): Marching bands and elaborate floats will be featured in the parade.

float noun [C] (DRINK)

a sweet drink with ice cream floating in it: a root beer float

float noun [C] (MOVE ON LIQUID)

a piece of light material that stays on the surface of water: the float in a toilet tank
(Definition of float from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of float?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “float” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More