|1.||[ verb ] be in motion due to some air or water current|
|Synonyms:||drift blow be_adrift|
"The leaves were blowing in the wind" "the boat drifted on the lake" "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea" "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
|Related terms:||travel stream drift tide drift gust|
|2.||[ verb ] be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink|
|Related terms:||sink travel buoy floater flotation floater floating|
|3.||[ verb ] (transportation) set afloat|
"He floated the logs down the river" "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
|Related terms:||transport refloat drift tide|
|4.||[ noun ] the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment|
|5.||[ verb ] allow (currencies) to fluctuate|
"The government floated the ruble for a few months"
|6.||[ noun ] (food) a drink with ice cream floating in it|
|Related terms:||drink root_beer_float|
|7.||[ verb ] circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with|
"The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
|8.||[ verb ] convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation|
|9.||[ verb ] (nautical) put into the water|
"float a ship"
|Related terms:||launch flotation|
|10.||[ verb ] move lightly, as if suspended|
"The dancer floated across the stage"
|Related terms:||travel ride|
|11.||[ noun ] an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade|
|12.||[ noun ] a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco|
|13.||[ noun ] (finance,stock exchange,business) the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public|
|14.||[ verb ] make the surface of level or smooth|
"float the plaster"
|Related terms:||smooth masonry|
|15.||[ noun ] something that remains on the surface of a liquid|
|Related terms:||artifact raft chip pontoon life_preserver bob|