- The bottom or lower part of any room; the supporting surface of a room .
- The lower inside surface of a hollow space .
- A structure formed of beams, girders, etc, with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into storeys/stories .
- The supporting surface or platform of a structure such as a bridge .
- A storey/story of a building .
- In a parliament, the part of the house assigned to the members, as opposed to the viewing gallery .
- Hence, the right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event .
- ( nautical ) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal .
- ( mining ) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit .
- ( mining ) A horizontal, flat ore body .
- ( mathematics ) The largest integer less than or equal to a given number .
- ( gymnastics ) An event performed on a floor-like carpeted surface .
- ( finance ) A lower limit on the interest rate payable on an otherwise variable-rate loan, used by lenders to defend against falls in interest rates. Opposite of a cap .
- To cover or furnish with a floor .
- To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down .
- To silence by a conclusive answer or retort .
- To amaze or greatly surprise .
- ( colloquial ) To finish or make an end of .
From Middle English, from Old English flōr ( “floor, pavement, ground, bottom” ), from Proto-Germanic *flōrō, *flōrô, *flōraz ( “flat surface, floor, plain” ), from Proto-Indo-European *plõro- ( “level, even” ), from Proto-Indo-European *pele-, *plet-, *plāk- ( “broad, flat, plain” ). Cognate with West Frisian flier ( “floor” ), Dutch vloer ( “floor” ), German Flur ( “field, floor, entrance hall” ), Swedish flor ( “floor of a cow stall” ), Irish urlár ( “floor” ), Scottish Gaelic làr ( “floor, ground, earth” ), Welsh llawr ( “ground, pavement” ), Latin plānus ( “level, flat” ) .
Explanation of floor by Wordnet Dictionary
- Floor ( flōr ), n. [AS. flōr; akin to D. vloer, G. flur field, floor, entrance hall, Icel. flōr floor of a cow stall, cf. Ir. & Gael. lar floor, ground, earth, W. llawr, perh. akin to L. planus level. Cf. Plain smooth.]
1. The bottom or lower part of any room; the part upon which we stand and upon which the movables in the room are supported.
2. The structure formed of beams, girders, etc., with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into stories. Floor in sense 1 is, then, the upper surface of floor in sense 2.
3. The surface, or the platform, of a structure on which we walk or travel; as, “the floor of a bridge”.
4. A story of a building. See Story.
5. ( Legislative Assemblies ) The part of the house assigned to the members. The right to speak; as, “the gentleman from Iowa has the floor”. [U.S.]
☞ Instead of he has the floor, the English say, he is in possession of the house.
6. ( Naut. ) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
7. ( Mining ) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit. A horizontal, flat ore body. Raymond.
Floor cloth, a heavy fabric, painted, varnished, or saturated, with waterproof material, for covering floors; oilcloth. -- Floor cramp, an implement for tightening the seams of floor boards before nailing them in position. -- Floor light, a frame with glass panes in a floor. -- Floor plan. ( Shipbuilding ) A longitudinal section, showing a ship as divided at the water line. ( Arch. ) A horizontal section, showing the thickness of the walls and partitions, arrangement of passages, apartments, and openings at the level of any floor of a house.
- Floor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Floored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flooring.]
1. To cover with a floor; to furnish with a floor; as, “to floor a house with pine boards”.
2. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to silence by a conclusive answer or retort; as, “to floor an opponent”.
Floored or crushed by him. Coleridge.
3. To finish or make an end of; as, “to floor a college examination”. [Colloq.]
I've floored my little-go work. T. Hughes.
Definition of floor by GCIDE Dictionary