- rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking；cause (a buoyant object) to rest or move on the surface of a liquid without sinking
- a thing that is buoyant in water.；a small object attached to a fishing line to indicate by moving when a fish bites.
verb: float, 3rd person present: floats, gerund or present participle: floating, past tense: floated, past participle: floated
noun: float, plural noun: floats
- 1. rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking she relaxed, floating gently in the water 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ cause (a buoyant object) to rest or move on the surface of a liquid without sinking trees were felled and floated downstream
- ▪ be suspended freely in a liquid or gas fragments of chipped cartilage floated in the joint
- 2. move or hover slowly and lightly in a liquid or the air; drift clouds floated across a brilliant blue sky through the open window floated the sound of traffic 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ (of a rumor, idea, etc.) circulate the notion was floating around Capitol Hill
- ▪ (in sports) make (the ball) travel lightly and effortlessly through the air he floated the kick into the net
- ▪ (of a sight or idea) come before the eyes or mind the advice his father had given him floated into his mind
- 3. put forward (an idea) as a suggestion or test of reactions. 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ offer the shares of (a company) for sale on the stock market for the first time. 同義詞 反義詞
- 4. (of a currency) fluctuate freely in value in accordance with supply and demand in the financial markets a policy of letting the pound float
- ▪ allow (a currency) to fluctuate in value.
- 1. a thing that is buoyant in water.
- ▪ a small object attached to a fishing line to indicate by moving when a fish bites.
- ▪ a cork or buoy supporting the edge of a fishing net.
- ▪ a hollow or inflated organ enabling an organism (such as the Portuguese man-of-war) to float in the water.
- ▪ a hollow structure fixed underneath an aircraft enabling it to take off and land on water.
- ▪ a device floating on the surface of a liquid that forms part of a valve apparatus controlling flow in and out of the enclosing container, e.g., in a toilet tank or a carburetor.
- ▪ a platform mounted on a truck and carrying a display in a parade a carnival float
- 2. a hand tool with a rectangular blade used for smoothing plaster or concrete.
- 3. North American a soft drink with a scoop of ice cream floating in it root-beer floats
- 4. (in critical path analysis) the period of time by which the duration of an activity may be extended without affecting the overall time for the process.