n 1: the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank
and its payment
2: the number of shares outstanding and available for trading
by the public
3: a drink with ice cream floating in it [syn: ice-cream soda
4: something that remains on the surface of a liquid
v 1: be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves
were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the
lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the
shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore" [syn: drift
2: be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink [syn: swim
3: set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy
floated his toy boat on the pond"
4: circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The
Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
5: move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across
6: put into the water; "float a ship"
7: allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the
ruble for a few months"
8: convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point
notation; "float data"