Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The surface of a room on which one stands.
  • n. The lower or supporting surface of a structure.
  • n. A story or level of a building.
  • n. The occupants of such a story: The entire floor complained about the noise.
  • n. A level surface or area used for a specified purpose: a dance floor; a threshing floor.
  • n. Basketball The court viewed as the playing area for taking free throws, in contrast to the foul line.
  • n. The surface of a structure on which vehicles travel.
  • n. The part of a legislative chamber or meeting hall where members are seated and from which they speak.
  • n. The right to address an assembly, as granted under parliamentary procedure.
  • n. The body of assembly members: a motion from the floor.
  • n. The part of a room or building where the principal business or work takes place, especially:
  • n. The area of an exchange where securities are traded.
  • n. The part of a retail store in which merchandise is displayed and sales are made.
  • n. The area of a factory where the product is manufactured or assembled.
  • n. The ground or lowermost surface, as of a forest or ocean.
  • n. A lower limit or base: a pricing floor; a bidding floor.
  • transitive v. To provide with a floor.
  • transitive v. Informal To press (the accelerator of a motor vehicle) to the floor.
  • transitive v. To knock down.
  • transitive v. To stun; overwhelm: The very idea floored me.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bottom or lower part of any room; the supporting surface of a room.
  • n. The lower inside surface of a hollow space.
  • n. A structure formed of beams, girders, etc, with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into storeys/stories.
  • n. The supporting surface or platform of a structure such as a bridge.
  • n. A storey/story of a building.
  • n. In a parliament, the part of the house assigned to the members, as opposed to the viewing gallery.
  • n. Hence, the right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event.
  • n. That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
  • n. The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit.
  • n. A horizontal, flat ore body.
  • n. The largest integer less than or equal to a given number.
  • n. An event performed on a floor-like carpeted surface.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To cover or furnish with a floor.
  • v. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down.
  • v. To silence by a conclusive answer or retort.
  • v. To amaze or greatly surprise.
  • v. To finish or make an end of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bottom or lower part of any room; the part upon which we stand and upon which the movables in the room are supported.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The surface, or the platform, of a structure on which we walk or travel.
  • n. A story of a building. See Story.
  • n.
  • n. The part of the house assigned to the members.
  • n. The right to speak.
  • n. That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
  • n.
  • n. The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit.
  • n. A horizontal, flat ore body.
  • transitive v. To cover with a floor; to furnish with a floor.
  • transitive v. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to silence by a conclusive answer or retort.
  • transitive v. To finish or make an end of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of a room or of an edifice which forms its lower inclosing surface, and upon which one walks; specifically, the structure, consisting in modern houses of boards, planks, pavement, asphalt, etc., which forms such a surface.
  • n. Any similar construction, platform, or leveled area: as, the floor of a bridge; the charge-floor of a blast-furnace; a threshing-floor.
  • n. A natural surface corresponding to a floor in character or use; a circumscribed basal space or area of any kind: as, the floor of a gorge or a cave; the floor of one of the ventricles of the brain.
  • n. One complete section of a building having one continuous or approximately continuous floor; a story: as, an office on the first floor.
  • n. Nautical, that part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
  • n. In legislative assemblies, the part of the house assigned to the members, and from which they speak; hence, figuratively, the right of speaking or right to be heard in preference to other members: as, the gentleman from New York has the floor.
  • n. In mining, a flat mass of ore.
  • n. A plane; a surface.
  • n. In brewing, same as piece.
  • To cover or furnish with a floor: as, to floor a house with pine boards.
  • To place upon a floor; base.
  • To place near or on the floor, as a picture in an exhibition.
  • To strike down or lay level with the floor; beat; conquer; figuratively, to put to silence by some decisive argument, retort, etc.; overcome in any way; overthrow: as, to floor an assailant.
  • To go through; make an end of; finish.
  • n. In wood ship-building, same as floor-timber.
  • n. In iron ship-building, the bottom part of a frame, consisting of the floor-plate, frame-bar, and the reverse frame-bar.
  • n. A unit formerly used in the measurement of excavation and embankment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
  • n. the parliamentary right to address an assembly
  • n. the lower inside surface of any hollow structure
  • v. knock down with force
  • n. the ground on which people and animals move about
  • n. a lower limit
  • n. the occupants of a floor
  • n. the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business
  • n. the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water
  • n. a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
  • n. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
  • n. the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure)

Etymologies

Middle English flor, from Old English flōr; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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