What does floater mean?

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ˈfloʊ tərfloater

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. musca volitans, muscae volitantes, floater, spotsnoun

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

    "floaters seem to drift through the field of vision"

  2. floaternoun

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

  3. vagrant, drifter, floater, vagabondnoun

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

  4. floaternoun

    an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed

  5. floaternoun

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

  6. floaternoun

    a swimmer who floats in the water

  7. floaternoun

    an object that floats or is capable of floating

  8. floater, floating policynoun

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


  1. floaternoun

    Agent noun of float; one who floats.

  2. floaternoun

    An employee of a company who does not have fixed tasks to do but fills in wherever needed, usually when someone else is away.

  3. floaternoun

    A threadlike speck in the visual field that seems to move, possibly caused by degeneration of the vitreous humour.

  4. floaternoun

    An "extra" male at a dinner party, or a young friend of the hostess, whose assignment is to entertain the female guests.

  5. floaternoun

    (insurance) A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit.

  6. floaternoun

    (police jargon) A floating corpse picked up from a body of water.

  7. floaternoun

    An unaffiliated player.

  8. floaternoun

    A maneuver in which a surfer transitions above the unbroken face of the wave onto the lip, or on top of the breaking section of the wave.

  9. floaternoun

    A piece of faeces that floats.

    He left a floater in the toilet.

  10. floaternoun

    A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air.

    1998: In this section "floater" means a spin in which at least 1 of the coins does not turn over in the air at least once. uE000176294uE001 Queensland government Casino Gaming Amendment Rule (No. 2) 1998

  11. floaternoun

    Someone who attaches themselves to a group of people, much to the dismay of that group, and repeatedly shows up to participate in group activities despite attempts to get rid of, or flush, that person.

  12. floaternoun

    A pie floater.


  1. Floater

    Floaters or eye floaters are sometimes visible deposits (e.g., the shadows of tiny structures of protein or other cell debris projected onto the retina) within the eye's vitreous humour ("the vitreous"), which is normally transparent, or between the vitreous and retina. They can become particularly noticeable when looking at a blank surface or an open monochromatic space, such as blue sky. Each floater can be measured by its size, shape, consistency, refractive index, and motility. They are also called muscae volitantes (Latin for 'flying flies'), or mouches volantes (from the same phrase in French). The vitreous usually starts out transparent, but imperfections may gradually develop as one ages. The common type of floater, present in most people's eyes, is due to these degenerative changes of the vitreous. The perception of floaters, which may be annoying or problematic to some people, is known as myodesopsia, or, less commonly, as myodaeopsia, myiodeopsia, or myiodesopsia. It is not often treated, except in severe cases, where vitrectomy (surgery), laser vitreolysis, and medication may be effective. Floaters are visible either because of the shadows imperfections cast on the retina, or because of the refraction of light that passes through them, and can appear alone or together with several others as a clump in one's visual field. They may appear as spots, threads, or fragments of "cobwebs", which float slowly before the observer's eyes, and move especially in the direction the eyes move. As these objects exist within the eye itself, they are not optical illusions but are entoptic phenomena (caused by the eye itself). They are not to be confused with visual snow, which is similar to the static on a television screen, although these two conditions may co-exist as part of a number of visual disturbances which include starbursts, trails, and afterimages.


  1. floater

    A floater is a term that can be used in various contexts with different meanings. Generally, it can refer a person or thing that floats. In finance, it may refer to a type of debt security where the interest rate is variable as it is tied to a benchmark. In medical terms, a floater is a speck or thread-like structure that appears to float in one's field of vision, typically caused by fragments within the eyeball. In sports, particularly in basketball, a "floater" refers to a type of shot made over a defender while driving to the basket. In the workplace, it can refer to an employee who doesn't have a specific role or duty but can float to any department where help is needed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Floaternoun

    one who floats or swims

  2. Floaternoun

    a float for indicating the height of a liquid surface


  1. Floater

    Floaters are deposits of various size, shape, consistency, refractive index, and motility within the eye’s vitreous humour, which is normally transparent. At a young age, the vitreous is transparent, but as one ages, imperfections gradually develop. The common type of floater, which is present in most people’s eyes, is due to degenerative changes of the vitreous humour. The perception of floaters is known as myodesopsia, or less commonly as myodaeopsia, myiodeopsia, myiodesopsia. They are also called Muscae volitantes, or mouches volantes. Floaters are visible because of the shadows they cast on the retina or refraction of the light that passes through them, and can appear alone or together with several others in one’s visual field. They may appear as spots, threads, or fragments of cobwebs, which float slowly before the observer’s eyes. Since these objects exist within the eye itself, they are not optical illusions but are entoptic phenomena.

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  1. refloat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of floater in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of floater in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of floater in a Sentence

  1. Mats Wilander:

    I think she is the most dangerous floater, I would say she is now 100 percent ready, with her game she doesn't need lots of grasscourt matches. When you hit the ball as hard as she does it's first-strike tennis and no one is better than her at that.

  2. Paul George:

    I knew I just had to step over and put it up, i saw a little gap and so I put up the floater. Its a shot I work (on). Just thank God it went in.

  3. Mike Tomlin:

    But if we work all together and were good, we can be great as a team. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP WHATS WORKING Outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree picked up right where they left off in 2019, as one of the best edge rush tandems in the NFL. Watt grabbed his fourth career interception in addition to a tackle for loss and two hits on New York quarterback Daniel Jones. Dupree, who is in a contract year after the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him, turned the game in Pittsburghs favor for good when he pressured New York quarterback Daniel Jones into a floater that ended up in the arms of Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward and ended a 19-play New York drive. Bud is a dangerous guy, as is T.J..

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    • C. interrogate
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