American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The surface of a room on which one stands.
- n. The lower or supporting surface of a structure.
- n. A story or level of a building.
- n. The occupants of such a story: The entire floor complained about the noise.
- n. A level surface or area used for a specified purpose: a dance floor; a threshing floor.
- n. Basketball The court viewed as the playing area for taking free throws, in contrast to the foul line.
- n. The surface of a structure on which vehicles travel.
- n. The part of a legislative chamber or meeting hall where members are seated and from which they speak.
- n. The right to address an assembly, as granted under parliamentary procedure.
- n. The body of assembly members: a motion from the floor.
- n. The part of a room or building where the principal business or work takes place, especially:
- n. The area of an exchange where securities are traded.
- n. The part of a retail store in which merchandise is displayed and sales are made.
- n. The area of a factory where the product is manufactured or assembled.
- n. The ground or lowermost surface, as of a forest or ocean.
- n. A lower limit or base: a pricing floor; a bidding floor.
- v. To provide with a floor.
- v. Informal To press (the accelerator of a motor vehicle) to the floor.
- v. To knock down.
- v. To stun; overwhelm: The very idea floored me.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of a room or of an edifice which forms its lower inclosing surface, and upon which one walks; specifically, the structure, consisting in modern houses of boards, planks, pavement, asphalt, etc., which forms such a surface. An ordinary floor of timber consists in its simplest form of boards laid down close together and supported upon a series of joists, as shown in fig. A. In floors over wider spaces, or in buildings of more costly construction, the floor-joists are themselves supported by additional beams or joists called binders, as shown in figs. B and C, the ceiling-joists of the room below being fastened to the under side of the binders. It is usual in houses, etc., to brace and secure the floor-joists by means of crossed struts, as shown in fig. D, forming a strutted floor. In fireproof buildings the wooden joists are replaced by iron I beams, the spaces between which are bridged over by narrow vaults of brick, concrete, tiles, etc.
- n. Any similar construction, platform, or leveled area: as, the floor of a bridge; the charge-floor of a blast-furnace; a threshing-floor.
- n. A natural surface corresponding to a floor in character or use; a circumscribed basal space or area of any kind: as, the floor of a gorge or a cave; the floor of one of the ventricles of the brain.
- n. One complete section of a building having one continuous or approximately continuous floor; a story: as, an office on the first floor.
- n. Nautical, that part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
- n. In legislative assemblies, the part of the house assigned to the members, and from which they speak; hence, figuratively, the right of speaking or right to be heard in preference to other members: as, the gentleman from New York has the floor.
- n. In mining, a flat mass of ore.
- n. A plane; a surface.
- n. In brewing, same as piece.
- To cover or furnish with a floor: as, to floor a house with pine boards.
- To place upon a floor; base.
- To place near or on the floor, as a picture in an exhibition.
- To strike down or lay level with the floor; beat; conquer; figuratively, to put to silence by some decisive argument, retort, etc.; overcome in any way; overthrow: as, to floor an assailant.
- To go through; make an end of; finish.
- n. In wood ship-building, same as floor-timber.
- n. In iron ship-building, the bottom part of a frame, consisting of the floor-plate, frame-bar, and the reverse frame-bar.
- n. A unit formerly used in the measurement of excavation and embankment. Its magnitude was different in different localities, but was generally equivalent to a prism of earthwork 18, though sometimes 20, feet square, and 1 foot in depth.
- n. The bottom or lower part of any room; the supporting surface of a room.
- n. The lower inside surface of a hollow space.
- n. A structure formed of beams, girders, etc, with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into storeys/stories.
- n. The supporting surface or platform of structure such as a bridge.
- n. A storey/story of a building.
- n. In a parliament, the part of the house assigned to the members, as opposed to the viewing gallery.
- n. Hence, the right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event.
- n. nautical That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
- n. mining The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit.
- n. mining A horizontal, flat ore body.
- n. mathematics The largest integer less than or equal to a given number.
- n. gymnastics An event performed on a floor-like carpeted surface.
- n. finance A lower limit on the interest rate payable on an otherwise variable-rate loan, used by lenders to defend against falls in interest rates. Opposite of a cap.
- v. To cover or furnish with a floor.
- v. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down.
- v. To silence by a conclusive answer or retort.
- v. To amaze or greatly surprise.
- v. colloquial To finish or make an end of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The bottom or lower part of any room; the part upon which we stand and upon which the movables in the room are supported.
- n. The structure formed of beams, girders, etc., with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into stories.
Floorin sense 1 is, then, the upper surface of floorin sense 2.
- n. The surface, or the platform, of a structure on which we walk or travel.
- n. A story of a building. See Story.
- n. U.S., U.S. The part of the house assigned to the members.
- n. U.S. The right to speak.
- n. (Naut.) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
- n. The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit.
- n. A horizontal, flat ore body.
- v. To cover with a floor; to furnish with a floor.
- v. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to silence by a conclusive answer or retort.
- v. colloq. To finish or make an end of.
- v. surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
- n. the parliamentary right to address an assembly
- n. the lower inside surface of any hollow structure
- v. knock down with force
- n. the ground on which people and animals move about
- n. a lower limit
- n. the occupants of a floor
- n. the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business
- n. the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water
- n. a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
- n. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
- n. the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure)
- From Middle English, from Old English flōr ("floor, pavement, ground, bottom"), from Proto-Germanic *flōrō, *flōrô, *flōraz (“flat surface, floor, plain”), from Proto-Indo-European *plõro- (“level, even”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele-, *plet-, *plāk- (“broad, flat, plain”). Cognate with West Frisian flier ("floor"), Dutch vloer ("floor"), German Flur ("field, floor, entrance hall"), Swedish flor ("floor of a cow stall"), Irish urlár ("floor"), Scottish Gaelic làr ("floor, ground, earth"), Welsh llawr ("ground, pavement"), Latin plānus ("level, flat"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English flor, from Old English flōr; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The main floor has a long oval bar down the middle, and the top floor, overlooking the main floor is the dining area.”
“The spirit room on the main floor is just ridiculous, unless you like triangles and darkness.”
“And there's terminology that will have to shift -- not only are "timprov's room" and "timprov's bathroom" completely different places than they used to be, "the downstairs bathroom" no longer works now that the main floor is not, in fact, "the downstairs.”
“On the main floor is a narrow foyer, a pretty living area, and a small kitchen.”
“The biggest problem with people our age is the fact that it is on a hill, and that one has to walk up one floor from the parking area to the main floor, and another to the bedrooms.”
“St. Petersburg, every seat on the main floor is hereditary, it cannot be bought or sold.”
“Squatting and peeing on the floor is a daily part of my life.”
“Oh, the floor is there, it's just not Boston Garden.”
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