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[n] something that remains on the surface of a liquid
[n] a drink with ice cream floating in it
[n] the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
[n] the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
[v] convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
[v] allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
[v] put into the water; "float a ship"
[v] move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
[v] set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
[v] be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
[v] be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
[v] circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

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go down, go under, settle, sink