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Dictionary definition for: Float

1. (n) the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

4. (v) be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink

5. (n) a drink with ice cream floating in it

6. (v) set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river" "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"

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

8. (v) circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

9. (n) a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco

10. (v) move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"

11. (n) something that remains on the surface of a liquid

12. (v) put into the water; "float a ship"

13. (v) make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"

14. (v) allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"

15. (v) convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"

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