Definition of floater in English:
1A person or thing that floats.
- There were blue and brown butterflies wider than my hands side-by-side, black butterflies with dazzling yellow stripes, magnificent azure and green-winged floaters gliding on the humid air.
- Now if you're still not convinced you care whether zooplankton drop sinkers or floaters you should know there are more than 1500 million tonnes of protozoa, a type of zooplankton, in the Southern Ocean alone.
- In fact, each painting on display at the ‘Floating Images’ is full of these floaters which serve as links in a shape-colour continuum.
1.1A loose particle within the eyeball which is apparent in one’s field of vision.
- You may experience light sensitivity, redness, pain, floaters and blurry vision.
- Symptoms include floaters and blurred vision caused by swelling of the optic disc.
- Intermediate uveitis is characterised by floaters and blurred vision and varies in severity.
2A floating voter.
- I'm still inclined to vote Labour to stop the ‘Liberal Democrats’ getting in in my constituency but I'm moving closer to floater voter.
- ‘The joint committee is split almost evenly among three factions: a third reformers, a third dinosaurs and a third floaters,’ he added.
- New Labour offered me the chance to vote for a socially inclusive agenda without automatically making myself poorer - a powerful come-on for many millions of floaters all over the nation.
2.1 informal , chiefly North American A person who frequently changes occupation or residence.
- The number of nonbreeders was estimated from census data on the ratio of floaters to residents during the rainy season.
- The adult population consisted of two status categories, residents and floaters.
- However, we have no reliable estimates of floater population size.
2.2North American A worker who is required to do a variety of tasks as the need for each arises.
- A floater was present in each classroom during the administration of the questionnaires to answer individual questions.
- This occurred most often when the physician was on call at night, or when the nurse was a floater.
- If you don't take scripts which mean something you just become a kind of mindless floater.
Definition of floater in:
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