There are 2 translations of float in Spanish:

float1

Pronunciation: /fləʊt/

vi

  • 1 1.1 (on water) flotar 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
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    • 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.
    1.2 [cloud/smoke] flotar en el aire a feather floated past on the breeze una pluma pasó flotando en la brisa
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    • 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) [idea/image] vagar* I felt I was floating on air me sentí en el séptimo cielo or (como flotando) en las nubes

vt

  • 1 1.1 [ship/boat] poner* or sacar* a flote 1.2 [raft/logs] llevar, arrastrar the waves floated the seaweed ashore las olas llevaron or arrastraron las algas hasta la orilla
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    • 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.
  • 2 [Fin] 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) [shares/stock/bonds] emitir
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    • 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.
    2.3 (allow to fluctuate) [currency] dejar flotar
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    • 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.
  • 3 (circulate) [rumor] hacer* correr; [idea/proposal] presentar a figure of $3m was floated se sugirió una cifra de 3 millones de dólares
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    • 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?
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    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

float around

(esp BrE) float about v + adv
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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There are 2 translations of float in Spanish:

float2

n

  • 1 1.1 (for fishing) flotador (m)
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    • 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.
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    • 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) flotador (m), boya (f)
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    • 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) plataforma (f) (flotante) 1.4 (for buoyancy) flotador (m)
  • 2 2.1 (in parade) carroza (f), carro (m) alegórico (CS, Méx) 2.2
    (milk float)
    (BrE) furgoneta (f) (del reparto de leche)
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    • 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.
  • 3 (ready cash) caja (f) chica; [Busn] [Fin] fondo (m) fijo (to provide change) a float of £20 20 libras en cambio or en monedas
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    • 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 (AmE) refresco o batido con helado
  • 5 (for plastering) llana (f), fratás (m), fratacho (m) (RPl)
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    • I climbed the ladder with my float, trowel and plaster and reached upwards towards the missing section of my ceiling.
    • Cover the tiles with grout using a rubber-bottom float or a sponge and wipe on a diagonal.
    • Among the simplest is a somewhat rough but uniform surface achieved by tooling the finish coat with a sponge float or brush.

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Cultural fact of the day

Today is Fiesta de Santiago (St James' Day). The famous Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage of thousands of people from all over Spain and many other parts of Europe to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, takes place in the week leading up to St James' Day, 25 July. The city also has its fiestas around this time. The streets are full of musicians and performers for two weeks of celebrations culminating in the Festival del Apóstol.