Definition of floor in English:


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Pronunciation: /flɔː


  • 1The lower surface of a room, on which one may walk: a wooden floor
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    • Unable to relax, Ben walked silently across the floor to the window and peered outside.
    • Do not let anyone walk on the floor before the finish is applied, or dirt might be tracked on the wood.
    • Near the spare bedroom, he pulled a cord hanging from the ceiling and a staircase lowered to the floor.
  • 1.1The bottom of the sea, a cave, or an area of land: the ocean floor the forest floor
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    • Of course we shouldn't cover the ocean with plastic or dredge the sea floor or cut down forests.
    • The species shows a flush-type shoot elongation pattern, and the seedlings' shoots usually elongate once in spring on natural forest floors.
    • The water rooms look much like this one, only rounded and the pool's bottom is the ocean floor.
  • 1.2 informal The ground: the best way to play is to pass the ball on the floor
  • 1.3A minimum level of prices or wages: share prices have gone through the floor
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    • Government sets price ceilings and floors, dictates wages through laws and labor courts, and confiscates profits.
    • We know what rules make a difference: the most important are strong wage floors and collective bargaining protections.
    • As with other protectionist schemes, it is really about taxing Americans and imposing price floors to benefit a politically influential industry.
  • 2All the rooms or areas on the same level of a building; a storey: [as modifier, in combination]: a third-floor flat
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    • Three or four bricks were removed from the façade at all sides of the building and at all floor levels.
    • The cubic knuckle of the fermentation building, with three floors of temperature controlled rooms, acts as a hinge point between them.
    • The remaining section of the patio was raised to the level of the interior floors and paved with stone, giving it the look of a true outdoor room.
  • 3 (the floor) (In a legislative assembly) the part of the house in which members sit and from which they speak.
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    • I do not need those Labour members to shout across the floor of the House and tell me what to do.
    • There is a point of order on the floor, and both members are interjecting.
    • It is good that the Government has brought this motion to the floor of the House.
  • 3.1The right or opportunity to speak next in debate: other speakers have the floor
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    • I will give one further warning about interrupting while a member has the floor correctly on points of order.
    • It is not a point of order, but I will ask the member who has the floor to come back to the bill, please.
  • 3.2(In the Stock Exchange) the large central hall where trading takes place: [as modifier]: a floor trader
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    • You know, more than half the people who are normally on the floor of the stock exchange were there.
    • Stock market trading via the exchange floor could not look any more chaotic.


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  • 1Provide (a room or area) with a floor: a room floored in yellow wood (as adjective, in combination -floored) a stone-floored building
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    • The interconnecting dining room is also floored in wood and retains its original cast-iron fireplace with tiled inset.
    • Two steps lead down to the kitchen, a bright room floored in quarry tiles and with polished wood presses providing plenty of storage.
    • On the ground floor, the entrance hall, living room and dining room are floored in French oak.


from the floor

(Of a speech or question) delivered by an individual member at a meeting, not by a representative on the platform: questions from the floor will be invited
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  • Much interest was shown in the subject by members and many questions were asked from the floor.
  • A selection of your questions will be asked from the floor of the event in Derry.
  • The only sign of passion he showed on Wednesday was when he answered a question from the floor about fishing quotas.

take the floor

  • 1Begin to dance on a dance floor.
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    • Even before the acclaimed Irish dance company Riverdance takes the floor of the Shanghai Grand Stage, the principal dancers have already won over Shanghai audiences.
    • When the newlywed couple take the floor for their first dance, it will be to the strains of Bert's favourite song, the Rod Stewart classic, Maggie May.
    • He was a keen music lover and was a great fan of old time dancing and loved to take the floor at the many dances in St. Brigid's Hall over the years.
  • 2Speak in a debate or assembly.
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    • And that's when she took the floor, speaking in defence of women's rights until she was out of time and forced to stop.
    • Most of the right-wing and left-wing opposition MPs taking the floor during the debates voiced suspicions about the matter.
    • He takes the floor at a meeting of a rebel faction to speak decisively against certain Red Guards and end a stalemate.


Old English flōr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vloer and German Flur.

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