from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit.
  • n. A floating corpse picked up from a body of water.
  • n. An unaffiliated player.
  • n. 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. A piece of faeces that floats.
  • n. A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air.
  • n. 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. A pie floater.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who floats or swims.
  • n. A float for indicating the height of a liquid surface.
  • n.
  • n. A voter who shifts from party to party, esp. one whose vote is purchasable.
  • n. 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. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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  • In surfing a floater is a manoeuver in which the rider surfs over the lip of the wave.

    December 12, 2010

  • A low-level employee, such as a waiter or bellhop, who occasionally freelances for a spy agency when needed.

    August 26, 2009