float

Float is what you do when you're lying on the water. Hopefully you know how to swim, so you can float suspended on the surface of the water, rather than sinking straight to the bottom.

We typically think of the verb float as something you do on the surface of an ocean or pool, but it's possible to float in mid-air too. You just need to be attached to a parachute so you don't come crashing down to the ground. You can also "float on air" in a more figurative sense. For example, if the person you're in love with suddenly gives you flowers, you could float around for hours feeling like your feet aren't touching the ground.

Definitions of float
  1. verb
    be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    synonyms: swim
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    Antonyms:
    go down, go under, settle, sink
    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
    sink
    cause to sink
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    buoy
    float on the surface of water
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    be in motion due to some air or water current
    synonyms: be adrift, blow, drift
    drift
    cause to be carried by a current
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    waft
    be driven or carried along, as by the air
    tide
    be carried with the tide
    stream
    to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. verb
    move lightly, as if suspended
    “The dancer floated across the stage”
    Synonyms:
    be adrift, blow, drift
    be in motion due to some air or water current
    swim
    be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
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    ride
    be sustained or supported or borne
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    set afloat
    “He floated the logs down the river”
    “The boy floated his toy boat on the pond”
    Synonyms:
    swim
    be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
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    types:
    tide
    cause to float with the tide
    drift
    cause to be carried by a current
    refloat
    set afloat again
    type of:
    transport
    move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
  5. verb
    put into the water
    float a ship”
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    type of:
    launch
    propel with force
  6. noun
    something that floats on the surface of water
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    bob, bobber, bobfloat, cork
    a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
    chip
    a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
    flotation device, life preserver, preserver
    rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
    pontoon
    a float supporting a seaplane
    raft
    a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
    Kon Tiki, balsa raft
    a light raft made of balsa
    life belt, life buoy, life ring, lifesaver
    a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
    cork jacket, life jacket, life vest
    life preserver consisting of a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable design
    Carling float, life raft
    a raft to use if a ship must be abandoned in an emergency
    water wings
    a life preserver consisting of a connected pair of inflatable bags that fit under a person's arms and provide buoyancy; used by children learning to swim
    type of:
    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  7. noun
    an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
    synonyms: air bladder, swim bladder
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    sac
    a structure resembling a bag in an animal
  8. noun
    a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
    synonyms: plasterer's float
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    type of:
    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  9. verb
    make the surface of level or smooth
    float the plaster”
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    type of:
    smooth, smoothen
    make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
  10. verb
    allow (currencies) to fluctuate
    “The government floated the ruble for a few months”
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    value
    fix or determine the value of; assign a value to
  11. verb
    circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
    “The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform”
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    essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out
    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
  12. verb
    convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
    float data”
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    type of:
    change over, convert
    change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy
  13. noun
    an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
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    display, presentation
    a visual representation of something
  14. noun
    the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
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    stock
    the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity)
  15. noun
    a drink with ice cream floating in it
    synonyms: ice-cream float, ice-cream soda
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    root beer float
    an ice-cream soda made with ice cream floating in root beer
    type of:
    drink
    a single serving of a beverage
  16. noun
    the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
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    type of:
    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
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