FLOOR

floor, flooring

(noun) the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure); “they needed rugs to cover the bare floors”; “we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent”

floor, level, storey, story

(noun) a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; “what level is the office on?”

floor, trading floor

(noun) a large room in a exchange where the trading is done; “he is a floor trader”

floor

(noun) the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business; “there was a motion from the floor”

floor

(noun) the parliamentary right to address an assembly; “the chairman granted him the floor”

floor, base

(noun) a lower limit; “the government established a wage floor”

floor

(noun) the occupants of a floor; “the whole floor complained about the lack of heat”

floor

(noun) the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water

floor

(noun) the ground on which people and animals move about; “the fire spared the forest floor”

floor

(noun) the lower inside surface of any hollow structure; “the floor of the pelvis”; “the floor of the cave”

deck, coldcock, dump, knock down, floor

(verb) knock down with force; “He decked his opponent”

shock, floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback

(verb) surprise greatly; knock someone’s socks off; “I was floored when I heard that I was promoted”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

floor (plural floors)

The interior bottom or surface of a house or building; the supporting surface of a room.

Ground (surface of the Earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground).

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.

(gymnastics) A floor-like carpeted surface for performing gymnastic movements.

(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.

A dance floor.

The area in which business is conducted at a convention or exhibition

Synonyms

• (bottom part of a room): see floor

• (right to speak): possession (UK)

Antonyms

• ceiling

Verb

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

To cover or furnish with a floor.

To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down.

(driving, slang) To accelerate rapidly.

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!

To silence by a conclusive answer or retort.

Floored or crushed by him. — Coleridge

To amaze or greatly surprise.

(colloquial) To finish or make an end of.

I've floored my little-go work — ed Hughes

(mathematics) To set a lower bound.

Source: Wiktionary


Floor, n. Etym: [AS. fl; akin to D. vloer, G. flur field, floor, entrance hall, Icel. fl 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) (a) The part of the house assigned to the members. (b) The right to speak. [U.S.]

Note: Instead of he has the floor, the English say, he is in possession of the house.

6. (Naut.)

Definition: That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.

7. (Mining) (a) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit. (b) 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. (a) (Shipbuilding) A longitudinal section, showing a ship as divided at the water line. (b) (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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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