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 for float
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Float \Float\ (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS.
     flota ship, fr. fle['o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet,
     G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta.
     [root] 84. See Fleet, v. i., and cf. Flotilla, Flotsam,
     Plover.]
     1. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid,
        as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the
        liquid surface, or mark the place of, something.
        Specifically:
        (a) A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and
            conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
        (b) The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet,
            which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
        (c) The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait
            line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
        (d) Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink;
            an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to
            swim; a life preserver.
        (e) The hollow, metallic ball which floats on the fuel in
            the fuel tank of a vehicle to indicate the level of
            the fuel surface, and thus the amount of fuel
            remaining.
        (f) A hollow elongated tank mounted under the wing of a
            seaplane which causes the plane to float when resting
            on the surface of the water.
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                  This reform bill . . . had been used as a float
                  by the conservative ministry.     --J. P.
                                                    Peters.
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     2. A float board. See Float board (below).
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     3. (Tempering) A contrivance for affording a copious stream
        of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk,
        as an anvil or die. --Knight.
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     4. The act of flowing; flux; flow. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     5. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot
        deep. [Obs.] --Mortimer.
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     6. (Plastering) The trowel or tool with which the floated
        coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
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     7. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
        --Knight.
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     8. A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers
        for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
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     9. A coal cart. [Eng.] --Simmonds.
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     10. The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
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     11. (Banking) The free use of money for a time between
         occurrence of a transaction (such as depositing a check
         or a purchase made using a credit card), and the time
         when funds are withdrawn to cover the transaction; also,
         the money made available between transactions in that
         manner.
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     12. a vehicle on which an exhibit or display is mounted,
         driven or pulled as part of a parade. The float often is
         based on a large flat platform, and may contain a very
         elaborate structure with a tableau or people.
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     Float board, one of the boards fixed radially to the rim of
        an undershot water wheel or of a steamer's paddle wheel;
        -- a vane.
  
     Float case (Naut.), a caisson used for lifting a ship.
  
     Float copper or Float gold (Mining), fine particles of
        metallic copper or of gold suspended in water, and thus
        liable to be lost.
  
     Float ore, water-worn particles of ore; fragments of vein
        material found on the surface, away from the vein outcrop.
        --Raymond.
  
     Float stone (Arch.), a siliceous stone used to rub
        stonework or brickwork to a smooth surface.
  
     Float valve, a valve or cock acted upon by a float. See
        Float, 1
         (b) .
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Float \Float\, v. t.
     1. To cause to float; to cause to rest or move on the surface
        of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor.
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              Had floated that bell on the Inchcape rock.
                                                    --Southey.
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     2. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
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              Proud Pactolus floats the fruitful lands. --Dryden.
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     3. (Plastering) To pass over and level the surface of with a
        float while the plastering is kept wet.
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     4. To support and sustain the credit of, as a commercial
        scheme or a joint-stock company, so as to enable it to go
        into, or continue in, operation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Float \Float\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Floated; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Floating.] [OE. flotien, flotten, AS. flotian to float,
     swim, fr. fle['o]tan. See Float, n.]
     1. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed
        up.
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              The ark no more now floats, but seems on ground.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Three blustering nights, borne by the southern
              blast,
              I floated.                            --Dryden.
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     2. To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to
        drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on
        the surface of a fluid, or through the air.
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              They stretch their broad plumes and float upon the
              wind.                                 --Pope.
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              There seems a floating whisper on the hills.
                                                    --Byron.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  float
      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,
         ice-cream float, float]
      4: an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck
         (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
      5: a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing
         the surface of plaster or cement or stucco [syn: float,
         plasterer's float]
      6: something that floats on the surface of water
      7: an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that
         helps maintain buoyancy [syn: air bladder, swim bladder,
         float]
      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: float, drift,
           be adrift, blow]
      2: be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to
         the bottom [syn: float, swim] [ant: go down, go
         under, settle, sink]
      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 the
         stage"
      6: put into the water; "float a ship"
      7: make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"
      8: allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the
         ruble for a few months"
      9: convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point
         notation; "float data"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  160 Moby Thesaurus words for "float":
     Carling float, arrange, ascend, aspire, balsa, balsa raft, barge,
     bathe, bear up, become airborne, boat, bob, boom, brandish,
     bring off, bring up, broach, bundle, bundle off, buoy, buoy up,
     bus, carry off, cart, christen, claw skyward, coach, consummate,
     cork, dart, deluge, dip, dive, dray, drift, drown, duck, dunk,
     effect, establish, ferry, flap, flaunt, float high, flood,
     flourish, flow on, flutter, fly, fly aloft, foot, found,
     gain altitude, get, get going, get moving, ghost, give a start,
     glide, go in swimming, go in wading, go public, hang, haul,
     hold up, hover, inaugurate, induct, initiate, install, institute,
     introduce, inundate, issue, issue stock, kick off, kite, launch,
     leave the ground, levitate, life buoy, life preserver, life raft,
     lift up, lighter, negotiate, organize, plane, platform,
     plow the deep, poise, pontoon, pour on, pull off, put in motion,
     raft, rain, raise, ride, ride high, ride the sea, ring in, rise,
     run, sail, scud, send, send forth, send off, set afloat,
     set agoing, set going, set in motion, set on foot, set up, shake,
     ship, shoot, skim, skinny-dip, sled, sledge, slip, sluice, soar,
     spire, start, start going, start off, start up, submerge,
     surfboard, sustain, swamp, swim, swing, take off, transact,
     tread water, truck, turn on, undulate, upbear, uphold, uplift,
     upraise, usher in, van, wade, waft, wag, wagon, walk the waters,
     wash, wave, wheelbarrow, whelm, wield, wigwag, zoom
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  float
  
      The usual keyword for the floating-point
     data type, e.g. in the C programming language.  The
     keyword "double" usually also introduces a floating-point
     type, but with twice the precession of a float.
  
     (2008-06-13)
  

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