Synonyms of float


1. float, time interval, interval

usage: the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

2. float, stock

usage: the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

3. ice-cream soda, ice-cream float, float, drink

usage: a drink with ice cream floating in it

4. float, display, presentation

usage: an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade

5. float, plasterer's float, hand tool

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

6. float, artifact, artefact

usage: something that floats on the surface of water

7. air bladder, swim bladder, float, sac

usage: an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy


1. float, drift, be adrift, blow, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: be in motion due to some air or water current; "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"

2. float, swim, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

3. float, transport

usage: set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"

4. float, test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay

usage: circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

5. float, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"

6. float, launch

usage: put into the water; "float a ship"

7. float, smooth, smoothen

usage: make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"

8. float, value

usage: allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"

9. float, convert, change over

usage: convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"

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Definition and meaning of float (Dictionary)