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Definition of float:

  1. A coal cart.
  2. A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
  3. A float board. See board ( below).
  4. A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
  5. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
  6. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
  7. A single- cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
  8. Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver.
  9. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the surface, or mark the place of, something.
  10. The act of flowing; flux; flow.
  11. The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
  12. The hollow, metallic ball of a self- acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
  13. The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
  14. The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
  15. To cause to float; to cause to rest or move on the surface of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor.
  16. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
  17. To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid, or through the air.
  18. To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.
  19. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
  20. To support and sustain the credit of, as a commercial scheme or a joint- stock company, so as to enable it to go into, or continue in, operation.

Synonyms:

freewheel, swash, boast, ice-cream soda, screw up, louse up, flub, range, waste, raft, go down on, bollocks, bungle, brag, quill, suck, platform, roam, fumble, cork, dart, car, bollix up, muff, ball up, bodge, ice-cream float, shoot, buoy, botch up, fellate, vagabond, bollocks up, move, shoot a line, fly, gasconade, burn out, bluster, cell, blow out, wander, tout, pontoon, tramp, roll, stray, bumble, exhibit, wash, foul up, swim, mishandle, vaunt, gas, botch, err, skim, blow, spoil, cast, rove, be adrift, shove off, bobble, bollix, air bladder, muck up, display, drown, entry, mess up, plasterer's float, swan, squander, ramble, shove along, swim bladder, fluff.

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