Definition of Floater

1. Noun. Spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens. "Floaters seem to drift through the field of vision"

Exact synonyms: Musca Volitans, Muscae Volitantes, Spots
Generic synonyms: Symptom

2. Noun. A debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills).

3. Noun. A wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support.
Exact synonyms: Drifter, Vagabond, Vagrant
Specialized synonyms: Beachcomber, Sundowner, Bum, Hobo, Tramp
Generic synonyms: Have-not, Poor Person, Bird Of Passage, Roamer, Rover, Wanderer
Derivative terms: Drift, Vagabond, Vagabond, Vagrant

4. Noun. An employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed.
Generic synonyms: Employee

5. Noun. A voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election.
Generic synonyms: Elector, Voter

6. Noun. A swimmer who floats in the water.
Generic synonyms: Bather, Natator, Swimmer
Derivative terms: Float

7. Noun. An object that floats or is capable of floating.
Generic synonyms: Object, Physical Object
Specialized synonyms: Berg, Iceberg
Derivative terms: Float

8. Noun. An insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location.
Exact synonyms: Floating Policy
Generic synonyms: Insurance, Insurance Policy, Policy

Definition of Floater

1. n. One who floats or swims.

Definition of Floater

1. Noun. Agent noun of float; one who floats. ¹

2. Noun. An employee of a company who does not have fixed tasks to do but fills in wherever needed, usually when someone else is away. ¹

3. Noun. A threadlike speck in the visual field that seems to move, possibly caused by degeneration of the vitreous humour. ¹

4. Noun. An "extra" male at a dinner party, or a young friend of the hostess, whose assignment is to entertain the female guests. ¹

5. Noun. (''insurance'') A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit. ¹

6. Noun. (''police jargon'') A floating corpse picked up from a body of water. ¹

7. Noun. (sports) An unaffiliated player. ¹

8. Noun. (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. ¹

9. Noun. (vulgar) A piece of faeces that floats. ¹

10. Noun. (two-up) A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air. ¹

11. Noun. (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. ¹

12. Noun. (AU) A pie floater. ¹

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Definition of Floater

1. one that floats [n -S] - See also: floats

Medical Definition of Floater

1. One or more spots that appear to drift in front of the eye, caused by a shadow cast on the retina by vitreous debris or separation of the vitreous humour from the retina. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Floater

float-zone silicon
float around
float someone's boat
floater (current term)
floating-point notation
floating-point number
floating-point operation
floating-point representation system
floating-point unit
floating-point units

Literary usage of Floater

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Insurance: Principles and Practices by Robert Riegel, Harry James Loman (1921)
"... by any party or parties having an insurable interest therein, whether as owner, mortgagee or otherwise XXXIV EXCESS floater On merchandise, chiefly own, ..."

2. Insurance, Principles and Practices by Robert Riegel, Henry James Loman (1922)
"... mortgagee or otherwise XXXIV EXCESS floater On merchandise, chiefly own, or held by in trust or on commission, or on joint account with others, ..."

3. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by United States (1909)
"Fourth—The counties of Franklin and Lincoln each shall have one representative and a floater between them. Fifth—The counties of Tippah and ..."

4. Journal of the Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the State of by Mississippi Constitutional Convention (1890)
"Fourth—The counties of Franklin and Lincoln, each one Representative and a floater between them. Fifth—The counties of Tippah and Benton, ..."

5. Goin' Fishin': Weather and Feed Facts; the Fresh-water Game Fish; the by Carroll Blaine Cook (1920)
"... will pull the floater under the water, and the effect of the dry fly will be killed immediately. At the same time do not begin stripping in the line ..."

6. Brickwood's Sackett on Instructions to Juries: Containing a Treatise on Jury by Frederick Sackett, Albert William Brickwood (1908)
"So that a floater meant a policy that floated around with these goods, and insured them ... (c) It is alleged by the plaintiff that it was a floater policy, ..."

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