floor

A floor is the surface at the very bottom, or base, of a room. When you lie on your back on the floor, you are looking up at the ceiling.

Your living room floor might be covered with carpet, while the floor of your tent is probably canvas or nylon. While a floor is the bottom of a structure, it's also the lowest surface of the ocean: "Crabs scuttle across the ocean floor." If you live in a dorm or stay in a hotel, your floor is the level of the building where your room is located. Informally, if something floors you, it confounds or confuses you.

Primary Meanings of floor

1.
n
the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure)
2.
n
a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
3.
n
a lower limit
4.
n
the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business
5.
n
a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
6.
v
surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
Full Definitions of floor
1

n the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure)

“they needed rugs to cover the bare floors
“we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent”
Synonyms:
flooring
Types:
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bell deck
a floor under the bells of an open belfry
dance floor
a bare floor polished for dancing
floorboard
the floor of an automobile
parquet, parquet floor
a floor made of parquetry
truck bed
the floor or bottom of a wagon or truck or trailer
flatbed
an open truck bed or trailer with no sides; used to carry large heavy objects
Type of:
horizontal surface, level
a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line

n the lower inside surface of any hollow structure

“the floor of the pelvis”
“the floor of the cave”
Type of:
Earth's surface, surface
the outermost level of the land or sea

n the ground on which people and animals move about

“the fire spared the forest floor
Type of:
dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
the solid part of the earth's surface

n the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water

Type of:
Earth's surface, surface
the outermost level of the land or sea
2

n a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

Synonyms:
level, storey, story
Types:
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basement, cellar
the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
first floor, ground floor, ground level
the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
attic, garret, loft
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
loft
floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
entresol, mezzanine, mezzanine floor
intermediate floor just above the ground floor
artist's loft
a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
cellarage
a storage area in a cellar
cockloft
a small loft or garret
hayloft, haymow, mow
a loft in a barn where hay is stored
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n the occupants of a floor

“the whole floor complained about the lack of heat”
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place
3

n a lower limit

“the government established a wage floor
Synonyms:
base
Types:
price floor
floor below which prices are not allowed to fall
wage floor
floor below which wages are not allowed to fall
Type of:
control
the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
4

n the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business

“there was a motion from the floor
Type of:
hall
a large room for gatherings or entertainment

n the parliamentary right to address an assembly

“the chairman granted him the floor
Type of:
right
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
5

n a large room in a exchange where the trading is done

“he is a floor trader”
Synonyms:
trading floor
Type of:
room
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
6

v surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

“I was floored when I heard that I was promoted”
Synonyms:
ball over, blow out of the water, shock, startle, take aback
Types:
galvanise, galvanize, startle
to stimulate to action
Type of:
surprise
cause to be surprised

v knock down with force

Synonyms:
coldcock, deck, dump, knock down
Type of:
beat
hit repeatedly

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