Float ore
Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle['o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam}, {Plover}.] 1. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the liquid surface, or mark the place of, something. Specifically: (a) A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft. (b) The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler. (c) The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish. (d) Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver. (e) The hollow, metallic ball which floats on the fuel in the fuel tank of a vehicle to indicate the level of the fuel surface, and thus the amount of fuel remaining. (f) A hollow elongated tank mounted under the wing of a seaplane which causes the plane to float when resting on the surface of the water. [1913 Webster +PJC]

This reform bill . . . had been used as a float by the conservative ministry. --J. P. Peters. [1913 Webster]

2. A float board. See {Float board} (below). [1913 Webster]

3. (Tempering) A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

4. The act of flowing; flux; flow. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

5. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep. [Obs.] --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

6. (Plastering) The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed. [1913 Webster]

7. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

8. A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe. [1913 Webster]

9. A coal cart. [Eng.] --Simmonds. [1913 Webster]

10. The sea; a wave. See {Flote}, n. [1913 Webster]

11. (Banking) The free use of money for a time between occurrence of a transaction (such as depositing a check or a purchase made using a credit card), and the time when funds are withdrawn to cover the transaction; also, the money made available between transactions in that manner. [PJC]

12. a vehicle on which an exhibit or display is mounted, driven or pulled as part of a parade. The float often is based on a large flat platform, and may contain a very elaborate structure with a tableau or people. [PJC]

{Float board}, one of the boards fixed radially to the rim of an undershot water wheel or of a steamer's paddle wheel; -- a vane.

{Float case} (Naut.), a caisson used for lifting a ship.

{Float copper} or {Float gold} (Mining), fine particles of metallic copper or of gold suspended in water, and thus liable to be lost.

{Float ore}, water-worn particles of ore; fragments of vein material found on the surface, away from the vein outcrop. --Raymond.

{Float stone} (Arch.), a siliceous stone used to rub stonework or brickwork to a smooth surface.

{Float valve}, a valve or cock acted upon by a float. See {Float}, 1 (b) . [1913 Webster]


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  • float ore — noun : ore so finely divided as to be held in suspension by water for prolonged periods resulting in loss of mineral during refining or in movement of ore by water to considerable distances from its point of origin …   Useful english dictionary

  • Float — (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam}, {Plover}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Float board — Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Float case — Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Float copper — Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Float gold — Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Float stone — Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Float valve — Float Float (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle[ o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ore dressing — is one of the principal processes in the work of mining. It consists of separating economically valuable minerals from those with little or no value, or of separating valuable minerals from each other, so that they may be further processed, for… …   Wikipedia

  • float — /floht/, v.i. 1. to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid; be buoyant: The hollow ball floated. 2. to move gently on the surface of a liquid; drift along: The canoe floated downstream. 3. to rest or move in a liquid, the air, etc.: a balloon… …   Universalium

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