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float

1. Angling an indicator attached to a baited line that sits on the water and moves when a fish bites
2. Chiefly US any buoyant object, such as a platform or inflated tube, used offshore by swimmers or, when moored alongside a pier, as a dock by vessels
3. a blade of a paddle wheel
4. Brit a buoyant garment or device to aid a person in staying afloat
5. a hollow watertight structure fitted to the underside of an aircraft to allow it to land on water
6. another name for air bladder
7. a motor vehicle used to carry a tableau or exhibit in a parade, esp a civic parade
8. a small delivery vehicle, esp one powered by batteries
9. Austral and NZ a vehicle for transporting horses
10. a sum of money used by shopkeepers to provide change at the start of the day's business, this sum being subtracted from the total at the end of the day when calculating the day's takings
11. Engineering a hollow cylindrical structure in a carburettor that actuates the fuel valve
12. (in textiles) a single thread brought to or above the surface of a woven fabric, esp to form a pattern
13. Forestry a measure of timber equal to eighteen loads

Float

 

a device that has both floatability and buoyancy when immersed.

Floats may be of the support type (pontoons of seaplanes and floating bridges, the floats of fishing nets, and hook floats of fishing rods); the hydrometric type, for measurement of flow velocity or variations in level (such as tide gauges); or the actuating type, which operate shutoff valves and other devices depending on the level of a liquid (as in the float chamber of a carburetor and in water-supply systems and the like).

float

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(agriculture)
A device consisting of one or more blades used to level a seedbed.
(biology)
An air-filled sac in many pelagic flora and fauna that serves to buoy up the body of the organism.
(design engineering)
A file which has a single set of parallel teeth.
(engineering)
A flat, rectangular piece of wood with a handle, used to apply and smooth coats of plaster.
A mechanical device to finish the surface of freshly placed concrete paving.
A marble-polishing block.
Any structure that provides positive buoyancy such as a hollow, watertight unit that floats or rests on the surface of a fluid.
(geology)
An isolated, displaced rock or ore fragment.
(industrial engineering)
(textiles)
A thread used to create patterns in fabric by passing over other threads.
A fabric defect caused by passing a thread over other threads where it should be interwoven.

float

A flat tool with a handle on the back; used on cement or plaster surfaces for smoothing or for producing textured surfaces. Also see angle float, bull float, carpet float, rotary float.

render, float, and set

Three-coat plastering executed directly on stone or brick.

float

i. The horizontal distance traveled by an aircraft from the moment of a flare for landing to the actual touchdown.
ii. A buoyant structure or component fitted to an aircraft to enable it to be supported in water or to stabilize it in water. See float gear.
iii. A buoyant needle or capsule in a float-type carburetor that keeps the fuel level a constant distance below the edge of the discharge nozzle. See float-type carburetor.

float

In programming, a declaration of a floating point number.
References in classic literature ?
Lead thy men down, as if to a sally; throw the postern-gate open There are but two men who occupy the float, fling them into the moat, and push across for the barbican.
There was a bite almost directly; the float gave a tremendous bobbit!
The memory of her forest dream had never passed away, and through trial and temptation she had been true, and kept her resolution still unbroken; seldom now did the warning bell sound in her ear, and seldom did the flower's fragrance cease to float about her, or the fairy light to brighten all whereon it fell.
Sometimes they would float all night with the current; one keeping watch and steering while the rest slept.
The flatness of the walls surrounding the dark pool on which they float brings out wonderfully the flowing grace of the lines on which a ship's hull is built.
But in all this country there is no gas to fill the balloon with, to make it float.
If I capsized now, well, we might go to the bottom together; otherwise the hen-coop and I should not part company in a hurry; and I thought, I felt, that she would float.
The capacity of this interior balloon was only sixty-seven thousand cubic feet: it was to float in the fluid surrounding it.
But we didn't tumble to the roof," said the girl; "by the time we reached here we were floating very slowly, and I'm almost sure we could float down to the street without getting hurt.
They had floated several miles down the stream and were enjoying the ride when suddenly the raft slowed up, stopped short, and then began to float back the way it had come.
Perry wanted me to get in and break some-thing over the bow as she floated out upon the bosom of the river, but I told him that I should feel safer on dry land until I saw which side up the Sari would float.
Usually, soap-bubbles are frail and burst easily, lasting only a few moments as they float in the air; but the Wizard added a sort of glue to his soapsuds, which made his bubbles tough; and, as the glue dried rapidly when exposed to the air, the Wizard's bubbles were strong enough to float for hours without breaking.