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1 float

The time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment.

Roget 320: levity; lightness etc. adj.; imponderability, buoyancy, volatility.    feather, dust, mote, down, thistle, down, flue, ... show more

Roget 273: ship, vessel, sail; craft, bottom.    navy, marine, fleet, flotilla; shipping.    man of war etc. (combatant) 726; ... show more

2 float

The number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public.

3 float

A drink with ice cream floating in it.

synonyms: ice-cream float, ice-cream soda.

4 float

An elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade.

5 float

A hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco.

synonym: plasterer's float.

6 float

Something that floats on the surface of water.

Dutch: drijver, vlotter

7 float

An air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy.

synonyms: air bladder, swim bladder.

Dutch: visblaas, zwemblaas
Polish: pęcherz pławny


1 float

Be in motion due to some air or water current.

synonyms: be adrift, blow, drift.

Roget 150: be firm etc. adj.; stick fast; stand firm, keep firm, remain firm; weather the storm, stay the course, stick to the course, keep the faith, don't give in, don't buckle under.    settle, ... show more

Dutch: drijven, te water laten, zeilen, zweven

2 float

Be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom.

synonym: swim.

Roget 305: ascend, rise, mount, arise, uprise; go up, get up, work one's way up, start up; shoot up, go into orbit; float up; bubble up; aspire.    ... show more

Roget 267: sail; put to sea etc. (depart) 293; take ship, get under way; set sail, spread sail, spread canvas; gather way, have way on; make sail, ... show more

Roget 320: be light etc. adj.; float, rise, swim, be buoyed up.    render light etc. adj.; lighten, leaven.   

Dutch: vlotten, drijven

3 float

Set afloat.

Dutch: wisselgeld

4 float

Circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with.

5 float

Move lightly, as if suspended.

Dutch: lopen, stromen, vloeien

6 float

Put into the water.

7 float

Make the surface of level or smooth.

8 float

Allow (currencies) to fluctuate.

9 float

Convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation.

Moby thesaurus: Carling float, arrange, ascend, aspire, balsa, balsa raft, barge, bathe, bear up, become airborne, boat, bob, boom, brandish, bring off, bring up, broach, bundle, bundle off, buoy ... show more.

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