floor
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English flor, from Old English flōr; akin to Old High German fluor meadow, Latin planus level, and perhaps to Greek planasthai to wander Date: before 12th century 1. the level base of a room 2. a. the lower inside surface of a hollow structure (as a cave or bodily part) b. a ground surface <
the ocean floor
>
3. a. a structure dividing a building into stories; also story b. the occupants of such a floor 4. the surface of a structure on which one travels <
the floor of a bridge
>
5. a. a main level space (as in a stock exchange or legislative chamber) distinguished from a platform or gallery b. the specially prepared or marked area on which indoor sports events take place c. the members of an assembly <
took questions from the floor
>
d. the right to address an assembly <
the senator from Utah has the floor
>
6. a lower limit ; basefloored adjective II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to cover with a floor or flooring 2. a. to knock or bring down b. flabbergast, dumbfound 3. to press (the accelerator of a vehicle) to the floorboard; also to accelerate rapidly <
floored the van
>
floorer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Floor — (fl[=o]r), n. [AS. fl[=o]r; akin to D. vloer, G. flur field, floor, entrance hall, Icel. fl[=o]r 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • floor — floor·age; floor; floor·er; floor·ing; floor·less; floor·man; floor·ward; sub·floor; sea·floor; floor·wards; …   English syllables

  • floor — floor, storey In Britain the storey at ground level is called the ground floor. A single storey house is one with a ground floor only; a two storey house has a ground floor with a first floor above it; a three storey house has a second floor… …   Modern English usage

  • floor — [flôr] n. [ME flor < OE, akin to Ger flur, a plain < IE base * plā , broad, flat > PLAIN1] 1. the inside bottom surface of a room, hall, etc., on which one stands or walks 2. the bottom surface of anything [the ocean floor] 3. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Floor — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • floor — n 1 a: a main level space (as in a stock exchange or legislative chamber) distinguished from a platform or gallery b: members of an assembly took questions from the floor c: the right to address an assembly the senator from Utah has the floor 2 …   Law dictionary

  • Floor — 〈[flɔ:(r)] m. 6; Wirtsch.〉 1. an Warenbörsen häufig vorhandener, separater Raum, in dem Handelsgeschäfte getätigt werden können 2. freiwillig vereinbarte Mindestrendite bei Geldanlagen mit variablem Zins [<engl. floor, eigtl. „Boden, Parkett“] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • floor — ► NOUN 1) the lower surface of a room. 2) a storey of a building. 3) the bottom of the sea, a cave, etc. 4) a minimum level of prices or wages. 5) (the floor) the part of a legislative assembly in which members sit and from which they speak. 6) ( …   English terms dictionary

  • Floor — 〈[flɔ:(r)] m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Wirtsch.〉 1. (an Warenbörsen) häufig vorhandener, separater Raum, in dem Handelsgeschäfte getätigt werden können 2. freiwillig vereinbarte Mindestrendite bei Geldanlagen mit variablem Zins [Etym.: <engl. floor,… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Floor — [flɔ:] der; s, s <aus engl. floor »Fußboden; Stockwerk; Sitzungssaal«, dies zu mhd. vluor »Boden(fläche), Saatfeld«>: 1. (an Produktenbörsen) abgegrenzter Raum, in dem sich die Makler zur Abwicklung von Termingeschäften zusammenfinden. 2.… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • floor — [n] bottom of a room; level of a multistory building basement, boards, canvas, carpet, cellar, deck, downstairs, flat, flooring, ground, landing, lowest point, mat, mezzanine, nadir, rug, stage, story, tier, upstairs; concept 440 Ant. ceiling… …   New thesaurus

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