floor


floor
floor1 W1S1 [flo: US flo:r] n
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1¦(in a building)¦
2¦(in a car)¦
3¦(level in building)¦
4¦(ocean/forest/cave floor etc)¦
5¦(for dancing)¦
6¦(where people work)¦
7¦(limit)¦
8 the floor
9 take the floor
10 have the floor
11 go through the floor
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[: Old English; Origin: flor]
1.) ¦(IN A BUILDING)¦
the flat surface that you stand on inside a building
a polished wooden floor
There was a puddle of water on the kitchen floor.
a warehouse that has 410,000 square feet of floor space
see usage noteground1
2.) ¦(IN A CAR)¦
BrE the part of a car that forms its inside floor
American Equivalent: floorboard
3.) ¦(LEVEL IN BUILDING)¦
one of the levels in a building
a ground floor flat
on the top/first/tenth etc floor
Our office is on the top floor.
floor of
We are located on the seventh floor of the building.
see usage notestorey
4.) ¦(OCEAN/FOREST/CAVE FLOOR ETC)¦
the ground at the bottom of the ocean, the forest etc
creatures that live on the ocean floor
see usage noteground1
5.) ¦(FOR DANCING)¦
an area in a room where people can dance
There were two or three couples already on the dance floor .
take (to) the floor
(=begin dancing)
Everyone took to the floor for the last waltz.
6.) ¦(WHERE PEOPLE WORK)¦
a large area in a building where a lot of people do their jobs
The stock market floor was wildly busy.
He wasn't keen on the idea of working on the shop floor (=the part of a factory where people make things using machines) .
7.) ¦(LIMIT)¦
an officially agreed limit below which something cannot go
→↑ceiling
Manufacturers have tried to put a floor under the price of their products.
8.) the floor
a) the people attending a public meeting
Are there any questions from the floor?
b) the part of a parliament, public meeting place etc where people sit
The delegates crowded the floor of the House.
9.) take the floor
to begin speaking at an important public meeting
The chairman then took the floor.
10.) have the floor
to be speaking or have the right to speak at an important public meeting
He stepped aside to allow other speakers to have the floor.
11.) go through the floor
if a price, amount etc goes through the floor, it becomes very low
≠ ↑go through the roof
In the past few years share prices have gone through the floor.
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US/UK DIFFERENCE
The bottom area of a building, on the same level as the land around it, is called the ground floor . In American English this can also be called the first floor .
In British English the first floor is one level up from the ground. In American English this is the second floor .
floor or storey/story ? See note at STOREY
GRAMMAR
!! Say on the first/second/fifth etc floor : The cafeteria is on (NOT at/in) the top floor.
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floor 2
floor2 v [T]
1.) to surprise or shock someone so much that they do not know what to say or do
A couple of the questions completely floored me.
2.) to hit someone so hard that they fall down
He was floored in the first round of the fight.
3.) AmE informal to make a car go as fast as possible
I got into the car and floored it .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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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

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  • 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