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.

Definitions of floater
  1. noun
    an object that floats or is capable of floating
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    berg, iceberg
    a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier
    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
  2. noun
    a swimmer who floats in the water
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    bather, natator, swimmer
    a person who travels through the water by swimming
  3. noun
    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
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    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  4. noun
    an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
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    type of:
    a worker who is hired to perform a job
  5. noun
    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
    synonyms: drifter, vagabond, vagrant
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    a vagrant living on a beach
    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
  6. noun
    a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
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    certificate of indebtedness, debt instrument, obligation
    a written promise to repay a debt
  7. noun
    an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location
    synonyms: floating policy
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    insurance, insurance policy, policy
    written contract or certificate of insurance
  8. noun
    a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
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    type of:
    elector, voter
    a citizen who has a legal right to vote
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