Meaning of “floor” in the English Dictionary

"floor" in British English

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uk /flɔːr/ us /flɔːr/

floor noun (SURFACE)

A1 [ C usually singular ] the flat surface of a room on which you walk:

The floor was partly covered with a dirty old rug.
The bathroom floor needs cleaning.
The children sat playing on the floor.
There's barely enough floor space to fit a bed in this room.

More examples

  • The contents of his bag spilled all over the floor.
  • The child crawled across the floor.
  • There were little drops of paint on the kitchen floor.
  • Careful - I've just polished the floor and it's a bit slippy.
  • Don't sit on the floor - you might dirty your dress.

floor noun (LEVEL OF BUILDING)

A2 [ C ] a level of a building:

This building has five floors.
Take the elevator to the 51st floor.
We live on the third floor.
a ground floor apartment

More examples

  • There are great views from the fifth floor of the building.
  • The office block's upper floors were being repainted.
  • Women's hosiery you'll find on the second floor, Madam.
  • They've got a whole suite of offices on the 34th floor.
  • I'll meet you by the down escalator on the second floor.

floor noun (OPEN SPACE)

B1 [ C usually singular ] a public space for activities such as dancing and having formal discussions:

a dance floor
The new proposal will be discussed on the floor of the senate tomorrow.
He spent several years working on the factory floor (= in the factory) before becoming a manager.
The chairman said that he would now take questions from the floor (= from the audience).
have the floor

to have the right to speak:

Silence, please, the prime minister has the floor.
take (to) the floor

to stand and begin to dance:

The newlyweds were the first to take the floor.
take the floor

start speaking:

The Majority Leader again took the floor.

More examples

  • I have an exhibitionist streak that comes out on the dance floor.
  • The dance floor was full of middle-aged couples smooching to slushy ballads.
  • The panel spoke for an hour before opening the discussion up to the floor.
  • He started on the factory floor and worked his way up to the boardroom.
  • The other dancers cleared as the bride and groom took to the floor.


uk /flɔːr/ us /flɔːr/

(Definition of “floor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"floor" in American English

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us /flɔr, floʊr/

floor noun (SURFACE)

[ C ] the flat surface that you walk on when you are inside a building:

a tile floor
hardwood floors
The children sat on the floor.

floor noun (LEVEL OF BUILDING)

[ C ] a level of a building; a story :

They rented office space on the second floor.
Note: In the US, the first floor of a building is usually at ground level.

floor noun (BOTTOM)

[ C usually sing ] the bottom surface of the sea, a forest, a valley, etc.:

Submarines were exploring the ocean floor for signs of the wreck.

floor noun (OPEN SPACE)

[ C usually sing ] a public space for having formal discussions:

The proposition was discussed on the Senate floor.
The chairman said that he would now take questions from the floor (= from the ordinary people at the meeting).

floorverb [ T ]

us /flɔr, floʊr/

floor verb [ T ] (SURPRISE)

to surprise or shock someone:

She was completely floored when she heard that he was leaving the country.

floor verb [ T ] (GO FAST)

to drive a car as fast as it will go:

His buddy started the car and floored it.

(Definition of “floor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"floor" in Business English

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uk /flɔːr/ us

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.

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.

(Definition of “floor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)