WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
floor /flɔr/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- the part of a room that forms its lower surface and upon which one walks:The floor had a soft rug on it.
- a continuous level surface extending horizontally throughout a building and making up one level or stage in the structure;
story:Our apartment is on the fifth floor.
- the lower or bottom surface:the ocean floor.
- Governmentthe part of a legislative chamber, meeting room, etc., where the members sit, and from which they speak:on the Senate floor.
- Government the right of a member to speak at a meeting:[singular; the + ~]The senator from Alaska has the floor.
- the area of a stock or commodity exchange, retail store, etc., where buying and selling or other business is conducted:bought the sample off the showroom floor.
- a base or minimum level:The government established price and wage floors.
- to cover or furnish with a floor.
- to knock down;
flatten:floored the bully with one punch.
- to surprise and confuse;
overwhelm:I was floored by their generosity.
- Automotiveto push (the accelerator pedal) down to the floor of a vehicle, for maximum speed or power.
- mop or wipe the floor with, [ mop/wipe + the + ~ + with + obj][Informal.]to overwhelm completely;
defeat:The team mopped the floor with their opponents.
- Idiomstake the floor, to arise to address a meeting:The senator from Alaska took the floor.
(flôr, flōr),USA pronunciation n.
- that part of a room, hallway, or the like, that forms its lower enclosing surface and upon which one walks.
- a continuous, supporting surface extending horizontally throughout a building, having a number of rooms, apartments, or the like, and constituting one level or stage in the structure;
- a level, supporting surface in any structure:the elevator floor.
- one of two or more layers of material composing a floor:rough floor; finish floor.
- a platform or prepared level area for a particular use:a threshing floor.
- the bottom of any more or less hollow place:the floor of a tunnel.
- a more or less flat extent of surface:the floor of the ocean.
- Governmentthe part of a legislative chamber, meeting room, etc., where the members sit, and from which they speak.
- Governmentthe right of one member to speak from such a place in preference to other members:The senator from Alaska has the floor.
- the area of a floor, as in a factory or retail store, where items are actually made or sold, as opposed to offices, supply areas, etc.:There are only two salesclerks on the floor.
- the main part of a stock or commodity exchange or the like, as distinguished from the galleries, platform, etc.
- the bottom, base, or minimum charged, demanded, or paid:The government avoided establishing a price or wage floor.
- Miningan underlying stratum, as of ore, usually flat.
- Naval Termsthe bottom of a hull.
- Naval Termsany of a number of deep, transverse framing members at the bottom of a steel or iron hull, generally interrupted by and joined to any vertical keel or keelsons.
- Naval Termsthe lowermost member of a frame in a wooden vessel.
- mop or wipe the floor with, [Informal.]to overwhelm completely;
defeat:He expected to mop the floor with his opponents.
- Idiomstake the floor, to arise to address a meeting.
- to cover or furnish with a floor.
- to bring down to the floor or ground;
knock down:He floored his opponent with one blow.
- to overwhelm;
- to confound or puzzle;
nonplus:I was floored by the problem.
- AutomotiveAlso, floorboard. to push (a foot-operated accelerator pedal) all the way down to the floor of a vehicle, for maximum speed or power.
- bef. 900; Middle English flor, Old English flōr; cognate with Old Norse flōr, Middle Low German vlōr, Middle High German vluor (German Flur)
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floor /flɔː/ n
Also called: flooring the inner lower surface of a room
- a storey of a building: the second floor
- a flat bottom surface in or on any structure: the floor of a lift, a dance floor
- the bottom surface of a tunnel, cave, river, sea, etc
- that part of a legislative hall in which debate and other business is conducted
- the right to speak in a legislative or deliberative body (esp in the phrases get, have, or be given the floor)
- the earth; ground
- a minimum price charged or paid
- take the floor ⇒ to begin dancing on a dance floor
Etymology: Old English flōr; related to Old Norse flōrr, Middle Low German vlōr floor, Latin plānus level, Greek planan to cause to wander
- to cover with or construct a floor
- (transitive) to knock to the floor or ground
- (transitive) informal to disconcert, confound, or defeat: to be floored by a problem
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