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FLOATER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does floater mean? 

FLOATER (noun)
  The noun FLOATER has 8 senses:

1. spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens
2. a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
3. a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
4. an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
5. a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
6. a swimmer who floats in the water
7. an object that floats or is capable of floating
8. an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

  Familiarity information: FLOATER used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLOATER (noun)


Sense 1floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

floater; musca volitans; muscae volitantes; spots

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

symptom ((medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease)


Sense 2floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

certificate of indebtedness; debt instrument (a written promise to repay a debt)


Sense 3floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

drifter; vagrant; vagabond; floater

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

have-not; poor person (a person with few or no possessions)

bird of passage; roamer; rover; wanderer (someone who leads a wandering unsettled life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "floater"):

beachcomber (a vagrant living on a beach)

sundowner (a tramp who habitually arrives at sundown)

bum; hobo; tramp (a disreputable vagrant)


Sense 4floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

employee (a worker who is hired to perform a job)


Sense 5floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

elector; voter (a citizen who has a legal right to vote)


Sense 6floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A swimmer who floats in the water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

bather; natator; swimmer (a person who travels through the water by swimming)


Sense 7floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An object that floats or is capable of floating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "floater"):

berg; iceberg (a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier)


Sense 8floater [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

floating policy; floater

Hypernyms ("floater" is a kind of...):

insurance; insurance policy; policy (written contract or certificate of insurance)


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