float (Noun) — The time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment.
float (Noun) — The number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public.
float (Noun) — A drink with ice cream floating in it.
float (Noun) — An elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade.
float (Noun) — A hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster, cement or stucco.
float (Noun) — Something that floats on the surface of water.
float (Noun) — An air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy.
float (Verb) — Be in motion due to some air or water current. ex. "the boat floated on the lake"
float (Verb) — Be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom.
float (Verb) — Set afloat. ex. "He floated the logs down the river" ex. "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
float (Verb) — Circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with. ex. "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
float (Verb) — Move lightly, as if suspended. ex. "The dancer floated across the stage"
float (Verb) — Put into the water. ex. "float a ship"
float (Verb) — (masonry) Make the surface level or smooth. ex. "float the plaster"
float (Verb) — Allow (currencies) to fluctuate. ex. "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
float (Verb) — Convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation. ex. "float data"