from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A specialized tool used to finish concrete slabs. A stiff, wooden or metal wedge or triangle, it is used to smooth and level the surface of wet concrete.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plasterer's float, having two handles; -- used in smoothing ceilings, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. plural Handcuffs.
  • n. A plasterers' tool consisting of a thin strip of wood about 3 or 3½ feet long and 7 inches broad, with two handles at the back, used for floating a ceiling.


Uncertain, possibly from the town of Derby. (Wiktionary)



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