American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that floats or is capable of floating.
- n. One who wanders; a drifter.
- n. An employee who is reassigned from job to job or shift to shift within an operation.
- n. One who votes illegally in different polling places.
- n. An insurance policy that protects movable property in transit or regularly subject to use in varying places.
- n. Slang A corpse found floating in a body of water.
- n. A speck or small thread in the visual field, usually perceived to be moving, that are caused by minute aggregations of cells or proteins in the vitreous humor of the eye.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which floats or fluctuates; a person or thing in a floating condition, literally or figuratively.
- n. One who floats game.
- n. A registering float on a graduated stick, designed to indicate a level attained between periods of observation.
- n. In political slang, a voter who is not definitely attached to any party; especially, a voter whose vote may be purchased.
- n. A dead human body found floating in the water.
- n. A dead human body found floating in the water.
- n. In Mississippi and Tennessee, a representative in the State legislature who may be elected indifferently from either of two or more counties.
- n. A vat in which hides are tanned.
- n. A cask, buoy, or other hermetically sealed vessel containing messages or records and left to drift on the ocean surface in the hope that it will be found by others. See drifter.
- n. A floating island.
- n. On the stock-exchange, a certificate, bond or other paper, especially one not officially funded or listed, that is accepted as a recognized security.
- n. Agent noun of float; one who or that which floats.
- n. An employee of a company who does not have fixed tasks to do but fills in wherever needed, usually when someone else is away.
- n. A threadlike speck in the visual field that seems to move, possibly caused by degeneration of the vitreous humour.
- n. An "extra" male at a dinner party, or a young friend of the hostess, whose assignment is to entertain the female guests.
- n. insurance A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit.
- n. police jargon A floating corpse picked up from a body of water.
- n. sports An unaffiliated player.
- n. surfing A maneuver in which a surfer transitions above the unbroken face of the wave onto the lip, or on top of the breaking section of the wave.
- n. vulgar A piece of faeces that floats.
- n. two-up A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air.
- n. slang Someone who attaches themselves to a group of people, much to the dismay of that group, and repeatedly shows up to participate in group activities despite attempts to get rid of, or “flush,” that person.
- n. Australia A pie floater.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who floats or swims.
- n. A float for indicating the height of a liquid surface.
- n. United States, United States, United States, United States, United States A voter who shifts from party to party, esp. one whose vote is purchasable.
- n. United States, United States, United States A person, as a delegate to a convention or a member of a legislature, who represents an irregular constituency, as one formed by a union of the voters of two counties neither of which has a number sufficient to be allowed a (or an extra) representative of its own.
- n. United States A person who votes illegally in various polling places or election districts, either under false registration made by himself or under the name of some properly registered person who has not already voted.
- n. an object that floats or is capable of floating
- n. spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens
- n. a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
- n. a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
- n. a swimmer who floats in the water
- n. an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
- n. a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
- n. an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location
“FYI, a floater is a piece of dookie, high in fiber so it floats ….”
“I put that onto the shoe, along with some really beautiful material that we call floater, which is a leather that has been tumbled for a long period of time.”
“While driving through traffic to the hoop, he wrapped the ball behind his back and threw up a left-handed floater from the baseline that dropped to give Indiana a 102-91 lead.”
“His biggest shot came with 24.8 seconds left on an inside floater from the right side with two Clippers guarding him.”
“Jefferson hit a floater from the foul line with 1: 55 left to cut Miami's lead to 79-64, and Lamond Murray's open 3-point try 44 seconds later hit the back iron, but wouldn't fall.”
“He was beaten by defenseman Chris Phillips 'high floater from the blue line just 52 seconds in on Ottawa's first shot, then was perfect the rest of the way.”
“The Spurs pulled to within one, 80-79, but Kidd hit an off-balance, one-handed floater from the baseline with 1: 16 to play in the game to give New Jersey a three-point lead.”
“Lydman's power-play goal was a floater from the left point through traffic.”
“After a timeout, Marbury missed a banked floater from the right side of the paint, but Shawn Marion swooped in and dunked with one hand with six-tenths of a second to play.”
“He caught a break in the second period when Jamie Langenbrunner's floater from the slot deflected off Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour and caromed harmlessly off the crossbar with 12: 11 left.”
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