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Synonyms for float

glide

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be buoyant

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  • be buoyant
  • stay afloat
  • be or lie on the surface
  • rest on water
  • hang
  • hover
  • poise
  • displace water

waft

Synonyms for float

to move along with or be carried away by the action of water

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to pass quickly and lightly through the air

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the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

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a drink with ice cream floating in it

an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade

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a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco

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an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy

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be in motion due to some air or water current

be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

set afloat

circulate or discuss tentatively

move lightly, as if suspended

put into the water

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make the surface of level or smooth

allow (currencies) to fluctuate

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convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation

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References in classic literature ?
The logs which bore them floated in the middle of the stream and were held fast in that position by the strong current.
Slowly, inch by inch, they floated on, and the fish tugged and tugged and kept them going.
Wizard, I shall have you blow a bubble around me; then I can float away home and see the country spread out beneath me as I travel.
When completed, he allowed the bubble to float slowly upward, and there could be seen the little Queen of Merryland standing in the middle of it and blowing kisses from her fingers to those below.
Finally we had the satisfaction of seeing the vessel rise out of the mud and float slowly upstream with the tide.
A few hours before we were ready to launch her she made quite an imposing picture, for Perry had insisted upon setting every shred of "canvas." I told him that I didn't know much about it, but I was sure that at launch-ing the hull only should have been completed, every-thing else being completed after she had floated safely.
It was a hen-coop, and it floated bars upwards like a boat.
This is one of the characteristics of the middle and lower part of the Missouri; but still more so of the Mississippi, whose rapid current traverses a succession of latitudes so as in a few days to float the voyager almost from the frozen regions to the tropics.
The buffalo made prodigious turmoil in the water, bellowing, and blowing, and floundering; and they all floated down the stream together.
He saw a Wieroo flap dismally above him; he saw the banks of the stream float slowly past; he heard a sudden wail upon the right-hand shore, and his heart stood still lest his ruse had been discovered; but never by a move of a muscle did he betray that aught but a cold lump of clay floated there upon the bosom of the water, and soon, though it seemed an eternity to him, the direct sunlight was blotted out, and he knew that he had entered beneath the temple.
Again, I can show that the carcasses of birds, when floating on the sea, sometimes escape being immediately devoured; and seeds of many kinds in the crops of floating birds long retain their vitality: peas and vetches, for instance, are killed by even a few days' immersion in sea-water; but some taken out of the crop of a pigeon, which had floated on artificial salt-water for 30 days, to my surprise nearly all germinated.
The Nautilus usually floated between fifty and a hundred fathoms deep.
At this instant, in the midst of the silver circle illumined by the light of the moon the same whirlpool which had been made by the sinking men was again obvious, and first were seen, rising above the waves, a wisp of hair, then a pale face with open eyes, yet, nevertheless, the eyes of death; then a body, which, after rising of itself even to the waist above the sea, turned gently on its back, according to the caprice of the waves, and floated.
But the ship was no good any more--with the big hole in the bottom; and presently the rough sea beat it to pieces on the rocks and the timbers floated away.
For every sound that floats From the rust within their throats Is a groan.