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Inglés americano: /floʊt/
Inglés británico: /fləʊt/

Traducción de float en español:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (on water) oil floats on water
    el aceite flota en el agua
    debris had floated up (to the surface) from the wreck
    habían salido a flote restos del naufragio
    the logs floated downstream
    los maderos bajaban flotando por el río
    he taught me to float (on my back)
    me enseñó a hacer la plancha
    the canoe floated away on the tide
    la marea se llevó la canoa
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • After floating near the surface for a few days, the raft sinks to the sea floor and the eggs hatch far away from their parents.
    • In nature, mussels start life as microscopic larvae floating near the surface of the sea.
    • The weed does not stick to the bottom; it floats on the surface and moves with the direction of the wind.
    flotar en el aire
    a feather floated past on the breeze
    una pluma pasó flotando en la brisa
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Usually it was the clouds floating slowly past the window that would catch my eye.
    • She watched as the white clouds slowly floated by in the sky and gave a sigh.
    • David ignored him and busied himself with the clouds floating slowly by.
    1.3 (move lightly)
    I felt I was floating on air
    me sentí en el séptimo cielo or (como flotando) en las nubes
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • A rumor is floating about that the businessman is getting ready to waste millions again in a futile attempt to become governor, but that's relevant only to the coyotes who will take his money.
    • ‘It is an idea that is floating about at the moment, but I wouldn't put it any stronger than that,’ he added.
    • A couple of hot rumors have been floating about involving Golden State.
  • 2 (Finance)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • He will need to muster all his not inconsiderable sales skills to help float the company at a time when stock markets are in the doldrums.
    • The company was floated on the Nasdaq stock market in November 1997.
    • A central part of the reform process was to privatize many of the nationalized industries through floating the companies on the stock market.
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • It's not even clear if floating China's currency would result in a stronger yuan.
    • Indeed, if the currency were floated, it might well decline as Chinese convert their domestic currency holdings into dollars.
    • Uruguay floated its currency late last month following a run on banks and a plunge in foreign reserves.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    poner or sacar a flote
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Topping up casks of wine is essential in order to stop the wine turning into vinegar; alternatively, a layer of olive oil can be floated on the surface of the wine.
    • The metal's surface tension is great enough to permit a steel needle to be floated on its surface.
    • This introduces a lot of fine air bubbles into the effluent, floating the algal matter to the surface to be skimmed off.
    the waves floated the seaweed ashore
    las olas llevaron or arrastraron las algas hasta la orilla
  • 2 (Finance) 2.1 (establish)to float a company
    introducir una compañía en Bolsa
    lanzar una compañía a Bolsa
    a week after the company had been floated …
    una semana después de que la compañía se cotizara por primera vez en bolsa …
    una semana después de que la compañía fuera lanzada a bolsa …
    2.2 (offer for sale)
    2.3 (allow to fluctuate)
    dejar flotar
  • 3 (circulate)
    hacer correr
    a figure of $3m was floated
    se sugirió una cifra de 3 millones de dólares
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • A similar idea was floated in March this year by Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead following an energy summit held in the city last year.
    • He floated the idea of raising the amount of money taxpayers must earn before they're subjected to the top marginal tax rate.
    • The BBC report is amusing, because it floats the idea that maybe people should be charged for the bandwidth they use - hey, maybe metered internet time could be the future?


  • 1 1.1 (for fishing)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Eventually the many rings were threaded, the float attached, shotted and the hook tied on.
    • Personally, I get a lot of satisfaction out of making my own floats and catching fish using them.
    • Once the hard work is done it's easy to fish to a baited area from the bank or to sit in the boat and fish it with a float.
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • These weights have a hole or holes bored into them and help, with the aid of buoyant floats, keep the net vertical in the water and fished as a gill or seine net.
    • They use beam and otter trawls or fine filament nylon driftnets, a form of gear used in the open ocean, suspended in the water by floats like a curtain.
    • Through an elaborate maze of nets suspended by floats, fish are channelled into captivity.
    1.2 (in cistern, carburetor)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The most common type of bilge pump switch uses a pivoted float to sense water level.
    • I described the symptoms, and Arv said it could possibly be a blocked exhaust stock or a stuck carburetor float.
    • Mount the float valve in your reservoir of water at about the level you want the water (the float is adjustable so placement doesn't have to be perfect).
    1.3 (raft, platform)
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The sun also came out as the procession of floats wound its way to the carnival field and then paraded through the town on Saturday.
    • There will be 40 floats in tomorrow's procession, accompanied by marching bands, majorettes and cheerleaders.
    • A colourful procession of floats through the town was the beginning of a weekend's fun at Dartford's annual festival.
    1.4 (for buoyancy)
  • 3 (ready cash)
    (Business, Finance)
    fondo (masculine) fijo
    (to provide change) a float of £20
    20 libras en cambio or en monedas
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • But as he returned to the taxi, he saw a man trying to steal money from the cash float.
    • When the driver got out to adjust it, the group stole his till float containing £25 and slammed his hand in the driver's cab door.
    • Police are considering robbery as a possible motive because a float of hundreds of pounds was missing.
  • 4 (US)
    (refresco o batido con helado)

Verbos con partícula

float around

(esp British) float about verb + adverb
have you seen my keys? they must be floating around somewhere
¿has visto mis llaves? deben andar por ahí
there's a rumor floating around that …
corre la voz de que …
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