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English definition of “floor”

floor

noun     /flɔːr/
ECONOMICS the lowest level , number , or amount something is allowed to reach : provide/keep/put a floor under sth Theoretically , buybacks put a floor under stock prices and raise earnings per share .find/reach a floor Analysts believe the market has found a floor at about 2,560 points .raise the floor on sth Another rule would raise the floor on the amount of assets a company must have to register with the SEC . Many of these fixed-price contracts were signed when the price of coal was on the floor. → Compare ceiling
FINANCE, MONEY the lowest rate a country's government will allow its currency to reach in relation to other currencies : The euro finally seems to have hit the floor against the dollar .
the floor MEETINGS the place where a formal or public meeting is held , or the people at the meeting : On the floor yesterday , House members voted down an amendment to allow fines to be waived . In response to a question from the floor the CEO confirmed the agency would be continuing its mentor scheme .the Senate/House/Security Council floor In his remarks on the Security Council floor today, the Commissioner called on all parties to act responsibly . floor debate/vote During floor debate , conservatives argued that the bill violated First Amendment rights . STOCK MARKET the part of a stock exchange where shares are traded : Traders erupted into boisterous cheers on the floor today as the market soared .
drop/fall/go through the floor to decrease in price or value , usually in a short period of time : Sales and profits are falling through the floor, with no prospect of a recovery in sight .
have/take the floor MEETINGS to have the right to speak or to start to speak in a meeting : Excuse me, I have the floor and have the right to be listened to.
get in on the ground floor UK informal ( US also get in on the first floor) to become involved from the beginning in a business activity that you think will be successful : This is our chance to get in on the first floor of an industry that's going to be big . → See also dealing floor, factory floor, the shop floor, trading floor
(Definition of floor noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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