floater

Anything that can float on the surface of water is a floater. When you relax in a pool, floating on your back, you're a floater.

If you throw pennies in the water, they'll sink, but a dollar bill will be a floater, as are dragonflies on a lake's surface and beach balls bobbing in the surf. A completely different floater is a tiny speck that seems to float across your vision, a small, nearly-translucent deposit on your eyeball of the sort that becomes fairly common as you get older. In US police slang, a floater is a body found in the water.

Primary Meanings of floater

1.
n
an object that floats or is capable of floating
2.
n
spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens
3.
n
an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
4.
n
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
5.
n
a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
6.
n
an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location
7.
n
a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
Full Definitions of floater
1

n an object that floats or is capable of floating

Types:
berg, iceberg
a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier
growler
a small iceberg or ice floe just large enough to be hazardous for shipping
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n a swimmer who floats in the water

Type of:
bather, natator, swimmer
a person who travels through the water by swimming
2

n spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens

floaters seem to drift through the field of vision”
Synonyms:
musca volitans, muscae volitantes, spots
Type of:
symptom
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
3

n an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed

Type of:
employee
a worker who is hired to perform a job
4

n a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

Synonyms:
drifter, vagabond, vagrant
Types:
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beachcomber
a vagrant living on a beach
sundowner
a tramp who habitually arrives at sundown
bum, hobo, tramp
a disreputable vagrant
dosser, street person
someone who sleeps in any convenient place
Type of:
have-not, poor person
a person with few or no possessions
bird of passage, roamer, rover, wanderer
someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
5

n a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)

Type of:
certificate of indebtedness, debt instrument, obligation
a written promise to repay a debt
6

n an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

Synonyms:
floating policy
Type of:
insurance, insurance policy, policy
written contract or certificate of insurance
7

n a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election

Type of:
elector, voter
a citizen who has a legal right to vote

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