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Definition of the noun floater

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noun - plural: floaters

  1. spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens
    • example: floaters seem to drift through the field of vision
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of floater: musca volitans / muscae volitantes / spots
    • more generic word: symptom = any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  2. a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
  3. a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
  4. an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: employee = a worker who is hired to perform a job
  5. a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: elector / voter = a citizen who has a legal right to vote
  6. a swimmer who floats in the water
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: bather / natator / swimmer = a person who travels through the water by swimming
  7. an object that floats or is capable of floating
  8. an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

Alternative definition of the noun floater


  1. Agent noun of float; one who floats.
  2. 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. A threadlike speck in the visual field that seems to move, possibly caused by degeneration of the vitreous humour.
  4. An "extra" male at a dinner party, or a young friend of the hostess, whose assignment is to entertain the female guests.
  5. (insurance) A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit.
  6. (police jargon) A floating corpse picked up from a body of water.
  7. [sports] An unaffiliated player.
  8. [surfing] 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. [vulgar] A piece of faeces that floats.
  10. [two-up, lang=en] A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air.
  11. 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.

Specialised definition of the noun floater

Glossary of sports / surfing

a move in which the surfer rides the very top of the wave (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Floater is a musical group.


  1. "Floater" is a composition.
  2. "Floater" is a composition.


  1. "Floater" is a book written by Joseph Koenig.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Fiction
    • released in (29 years ago)
    • award: - Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author nomination for Joseph Koenig
  2. "Floater" is a book by Lucius Shepard.
    • genre: Speculative fiction
    • copyright: 2003-09

Phrases with Floater

  1. Ark-Floater
  2. Pie floater
  3. Flat Floater
  4. Lake Floater
  5. Brook Floater
  6. Gaspe Floater
  7. Giant Floater
  8. Green Floater
  9. Yukon Floater
  10. Barrel Floater
  11. Oregon Floater
  12. Winged Floater
  13. Alewife Floater
  14. Eastern Floater
  15. Florida Floater
  16. Western Floater
  17. Inflated Floater
  18. Triangle Floater
  19. Woebegone Floater
  20. California Floater

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Floater

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Google previewFinancial Engineering and Computation (2001)

Principles, Mathematics, Algorithms by Yuh-Dauh Lyuu

Floating-Rate Tranches A form of pro rata bonds are floaters and inverse floaters whose combined coupon does not exceed the collateral coupon. A floater is a class whose coupon rate varies directly with the change in the reference rate, ...

Google previewThe Economic Foundations of Risk Management (2016)

Theory, Practice, and Applications by Robert Jarrow

An inverse floater is a fixed income security with a maturity date τ, a notional of 1 dollar (without loss of generality), and a coupon rate of c. Its coupon payments are reduced as an underlying floating rate increases (this is the inverse floating ...

Google previewDerivatives and Internal Models (2016)

by H. Deutsch

A range floater is a deposit or note that accrues interest on days when the underlying S is within a predefined range between S1 and S2 and accrues zero on days when the underlying is outside that range. Range floaters are usually principal ...

Google previewNotice of Motion, Affidavit an Brief in Support of Motion

A floater is an inland marine transportation policy which may be extended to cover property kept in specific places or anywhere found. This policy includes no transit or transportation coverage whatsoever. Fifth, the form of this policy is almost ...

Google previewEssential Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (2007)

by Chris Anderson

The floater is a block container element (like Section) that contains only other block elements. To host our image, we use BlockUIContainer, which allows us to embed any UI control in a document: Columns and PageLevel Formatting The final ...

Google previewCommunication on the Structure and Economy of the Greenland Whale, Made at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1829)

by J. Harwood

hollow iron floater is a better conductor of heat than water, when the heat has to descend, and, therefore, the appendage is worse than useless. The iron heater to be put in and out at intervals is almost too ridiculous to notice, because, at the ...

Google previewThe Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature, and Art (1829)

But even a hollow iron floater is a better conductor of heat than water, when the heat has to descend, and, therefore, the appendage is worse than useless. The iron heater to be put in and out at intervals is almost too ridiculous to notice, ...

Google previewAsset-Backed Securities (1996)

by Anand K. Bhattacharya, Frank J. Fabozzi, CFA

The HEL floater is a unique structure that allows investors the opportunity to invest in securities with coupons determined by more acceptable and liquid indices despite the fact that collateral cash flows are a function of another index.

Google previewFrequently Asked Questions in Quantitative Finance (2010)

by Paul Wilmott

Inverse floater is a floatingrate interestrate contract where coupons go down as interest rates go up. The relationship is linear (up to any cap or floor) and not an inverse one. Knockin/out option are types of barrier option forwhich the payoff is ...

Google previewLaw for Business and Personal Use (2011)

by John E. Adamson, Amanda Morrison

The term floater means that the pro— tection floats with, or follows, the property. Rather than have the policy written to cover all the insured's personal property, it also is possible to contract for coverage of scheduled (specifically identified) ...

Google previewFixed Income Securities (2010)

Valuation, Risk, and Risk Management by Pietro Veronesi

Decomposing Inverse Floaters into a Portfolio of Basic Securities An inverse floater is a security that pays a lower coupon as interest rates go up ( hence the name inverse floater). For this to work, we need to establish a fixed reference ...

Google previewFinancial Lexicon (2004)

A Compendium of Financial Definitions, Acronyms, and Colloquialisms by E. Banks

RANGE FLOATER See RANGE FLOATING RATE NOTE. RANGE FLOATING RATE NOTE (FRN) A STRUCTURED NOTE that provides the investor with an enhanced COUPON if the floating INTEREST RATE reference trades within a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Underworld (2015)

British and American by Eric Partridge


Google previewDictionary of Financial Engineering (2001)

by John F. Marshall

leveraged floater A floating rate note in which the payoff has been levered up by ...

Google previewDictionary of Finance and Investment Terms, 9th ed. (2014)

by John Downes, Jordan Goodman

INVERSE FLOATER derivative instrument whose coupon rate is ...

Google previewDictionary of Finance and Investment Terms (2010)

INVERSE FLOATER derivative instrument whose coupon rate is inversely related to some multiple of a specified market rate of interest. Typically a cap and floor are placed on the coupon. As interest rates go down, the amount of interest the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Old Fishing Lures (2011)

Made in North America by Robert A. Slade

Pictured is an original PARDEE-FRIEND KENT FLOATER that had the funnel- shaped T-bearing props with red glass bead spacerbearings. The lure had large, protruding glass eyes with yellow irises and black center pupils. Lure picture is ...

Google previewThe Marketing Dictionary for the 21st Century (2016)

by Robert Bly

Floater – Similar to a popup or popunder; however, it is not blocked by ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Alternative & Complementary Medicine (2010)

Subjective health care viewed with an objective eye by Joseph Segen

'floater'. Paranormal ...

Google previewDictionary of Financial Risk Management (1999)

by Gary L. Gastineau, Mark P. Kritzman

Also called Maximum Rate Notes, Bull Floater, Bull Floating-Rate Note, IN verse FLOating Security (INFLOS), Indexed INverse FLOating-Rate Security (Indexed INFLOS), Yield Curve Note, Inverse Floater. See also Bull and Bear Notes, ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

floater. Forensic pathology A popular term for a body that rises due to bacterial putrefaction and gas production, often accompanied by a nauseating stench; putrefaction is more rapid in fresh, stagnant water, slower.

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Scrabble value of F4L1O1A1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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