Meaning of FLOOR in English

I. ˈflō(ə)r, -ȯ(ə)r, -ōə, -ȯ(ə) noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English flor, from Old English flōr; akin to Old High German fluor cultivated field, meadow, Old Norse flōrr floor of a cow stall, Old Irish lār floor, Latin planus level, flat, Greek planan to cause to wander, planasthai to wander, Old Slavic polje field; basic meaning: broad and flat

1. : the bottom or lower part of any room : the part of a room upon which one stands


a. : the lower inside surface of any hollow structure

the floor of a cave

the floor of the pelvis

b. : a lower ground surface (as the bottom of the sea or the invert of the chamber of a canal lock)

the floor of the valley

3. : the structure of supporting beams, girders, and covering that divides a building horizontally ; broadly : a story of a building

4. : the surface or the platform of a structure on which to walk, work, or travel

the floor of a bridge

the floor of a prize ring


a. : the main level space in a room distinguished from a platform or gallery: as

(1) : the part of a securities or commodity exchange on which trading takes place

floor traders

(2) : the part of a legislative chamber or meeting room occupied by the members

(3) : an inside area (as in a restaurant or nightclub) used and usually specially dressed and prepared for dancing — called also dance floor

(4) : an area often specially prepared or marked on which an indoor sports event takes place

the coach sent a substitute onto the floor

b. : the occupants of a floor

the whole third floor is furious over the situation


(1) : the members of an assembly : audience

the chairman appealed to the floor

questions from the floor

(2) : the dancers participating in a square dance

c. : the attention of an audience ; broadly : the right especially of a member to address an assembly


a. : the athwartship vertical plate connecting the frame and reverse frame of a steel ship — see ship illustration

b. : an athwartship member in a wood ship attached to a wood frame

7. : the rock underlying an unconsolidated or stratified deposit : basement complex


a. : a nearly horizontal flat surface (as the top of a hard bed or stratum) that is utilized in mining operations

b. : the bottom of any nearly horizontal mine working (as a drift, level, flat stope, or slope) ; sometimes : a rock stratum

c. : one of the horizontal divisions of a stope that especially in square-set stoping are generally spaced at regular intervals between levels

9. : the layer of organic material covering the soil of a forest : duff

10. in malting : a batch of grain spread out for germination

11. : a lower limit or base: as

a. : one imposed by an authoritative ruling below which a given quantity or rate is not to be allowed to fall

the right of the government to establish floors

a floor under prices or wages

b. : a bottom level determined by economic factors

increases in wages or freight rates raise the cost floor

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English floren, from flor, n.


a. : to cover with a floor : furnish with flooring

will floor the camp next weekend

b. : to form the floor of

soft herbage floored the valley

2. : to strike down or lay level with the floor : knock down ; broadly : silence , defeat

his answer floored me completely

3. : to put, send, force, or display on or toward the floor

the coach floored a whole new team

he floored the accelerator and the car surged ahead

III. ˈflü(ə)r


variant of flower



variant of flour

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