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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLOAT

As for boat, or spars, the former would not float, and of the last there was not one.

The tide was rising now, and presently the Ithaca began to float.

Jeremiah, the captain deserts the ship, but you and I will sink or float with it.'

He had built his ship with very slight reference to the lake on which she was to float.

I am afraid I am not the right person to float a mine on the London market.

Whoever eats of it is able to float in the rose-dawn without aging.

Then, as he closed his eyes dreamily, Margaret seemed to float before him.

No longer did a flood of moonlight seem to float across the tree-tops.

The bull-heads and dobsons will float, stunned, into its meshes.

I made her fast with the cable ends and went back after the other float.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English flotian "to float" (class II strong verb; past tense fleat, past participle floten), from Proto-Germanic *flutojanan (cf. Old Norse flota, Middle Dutch vloten), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow" (see pluvial). Of motion through air, from 1630s. Related: Floated; floating.

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