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Meaning of floor by Wiktionary Dictionary

floor


    Etymology

    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” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) enPR: flô, IPA: /flɔː/, X-SAMPA: /flO:/
    • ( US ) enPR: flôr, IPA: /flɔːɹ/, /floʊɹ/, X-SAMPA: /flO:r/, /floUr/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( ɹ )
    • Homophone: flaw ( in non-rhotic accents )

    Noun

    floor ( plural: floors )

    1. The bottom or lower part of any room; the supporting surface of a room .
      The room has a wooden floor .
    2. The lower inside surface of a hollow space .
      Many sunken ships rest on the ocean floor .
      The floor of a cave served the refugees as a home .
      ( archaeology ) The pit floor showed where a ring of post holes had been .
    3. A structure formed of beams, girders, etc, with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into storeys/stories .
    4. The supporting surface or platform of a structure such as a bridge .
      Wooden planks of the old bridge's floor were nearly rotten .
    5. A storey/story of a building .
      For years we lived on the third floor .
    6. In a parliament, the part of the house assigned to the members, as opposed to the viewing gallery .
    7. Hence, the right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event .
      Will the senator from Arizona yield the floor?
      The mayor often gives a lobbyist the floor .
    8. ( nautical ) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal .
    9. ( mining ) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit .
    10. ( mining ) A horizontal, flat ore body .
    11. ( mathematics ) The largest integer less than or equal to a given number .
      The floor of 4.5 is 4 .
    12. ( gymnastics ) An event performed on a floor-like carpeted surface .
    13. ( 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 .

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    Verb

    floor ( third-person singular simple present floors present participle flooring, simple past and past participle floored )

    1. To cover or furnish with a floor .
      floor a house with pine boards
    2. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down .
      As soon as our driver saw an insurgent in a car holding a detonation device, he floored the pedal and was 2,000 feet away when that car bomb exploded. We escaped certain death in the nick of time!
    3. To silence by a conclusive answer or retort .
      floor an opponent
      Floored or crushed by him. — Coleridge
    4. To amaze or greatly surprise .
      We were floored by his confession .
    5. ( colloquial ) To finish or make an end of .
      floor a college examination
      I've floored my little-go worked Hughes

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Explanation of floor by Wordnet Dictionary

floor


    Verb
    1. knock down with force

    2. surprise greatly

    3. I was floored when I heard that I was promoted
    Noun
    1. the inside lower horizontal surface ( as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure )

    2. they needed rugs to cover the bare floors
      we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent
    3. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

    4. a large room in a exchange where the trading is done

    5. he is a floor trader
    6. the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business

    7. there was a motion from the floor
    8. the parliamentary right to address an assembly

    9. the chairman granted him the floor
    10. a lower limit

    11. the government established a wage floor
    12. the occupants of a floor

    13. the whole floor complained about the lack of heat
    14. the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water

    15. the ground on which people and animals move about

    16. the fire spared the forest floor
    17. the lower inside surface of any hollow structure

    18. the floor of the pelvis
      the floor of the cave


    Definition of floor by GCIDE Dictionary

    floor


    1. 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.

    2. 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.