• "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
    "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v floor knock down with force "He decked his opponent"
    • v floor surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"
    • n floor the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure) "they needed rugs to cover the bare floors","we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent"
    • n floor a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale "what level is the office on?"
    • n floor a large room in a exchange where the trading is done "he is a floor trader"
    • n floor the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business "there was a motion from the floor"
    • n floor the parliamentary right to address an assembly "the chairman granted him the floor"
    • n floor a lower limit "the government established a wage floor"
    • n floor the occupants of a floor "the whole floor complained about the lack of heat"
    • n floor the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water
    • n floor the ground on which people and animals move about "the fire spared the forest floor"
    • n floor the lower inside surface of any hollow structure "the floor of the pelvis","the floor of the cave"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Slash-Grain and Comb-Grain Flooring Slash-Grain and Comb-Grain Flooring
Siding, Ceiling, Flooring Siding, Ceiling, Flooring
A second floor billet A second floor billet
The Rose, chained, kneels on the floor before her captors The Rose, chained, kneels on the floor before her captors
The head, on a plate, is on the floor before the king and princess The head, on a plate, is on the floor before the king and princess
Cinderella ran so fast that she left one of her little glass slippers on the floor behind her Cinderella ran so fast that she left one of her little glass slippers on the floor behind her
"Thomas John next instant was sitting on the floor." "Thomas John next instant was sitting on the floor."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A snake charmer in Bangladesh once found 3,500 poisonous cobras and their eggs hidden underneath the floors of two suburban homes
    • Floor (Mining) A horizontal, flat ore body.
    • Floor A story of a building. See Story.
    • Floor (Naut) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
    • Floor The bottom or lower part of any room; the part upon which we stand and upon which the movables in the room are supported.
    • Floor (Legislative Assemblies) The part of the house assigned to the members.
    • Floor (Legislative Assemblies) The right to speak; as, the gentleman from Iowa has the floor .
    • Floor (Mining) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit.
    • Floor The structure formed of beams, girders, etc., with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into stories. Floor in sense 1 is, then, the upper surface of floor in sense 2.
    • Floor The surface, or the platform, of a structure on which we walk or travel; as, the floor of a bridge.
    • Floor To cover with a floor; to furnish with a floor; as, to floor a house with pine boards.
    • Floor To finish or make an end of; as, to floor a college examination. "I've floored my little-go work."
    • Floor To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to silence by a conclusive answer or retort; as, to floor an opponent. "Floored or crushed by him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Built in only 16 months between 1941 and 1942, the Pentagon is only 71ft tall, yet it has 5 floors, 17.5 miles of corridors, 150 stairways, 280 restrooms, 685 drinking fountains, 7,748 windows and workers replace more than 250 lightbulbs each day.
    • n floor That part of a room or of an edifice which forms its lower inclosing surface, and upon which one walks; specifically, the structure, consisting in modern houses of boards, planks, pavement, asphalt, etc., which forms such a surface. An ordinary floor of timber consists in its simplest form of boards laid down close together and supported upon a series of joists, as shown in fig. A. In floors over wider spaces, or in buildings of more costly construction, the floor-joists are themselves supported by additional beams or joists called binders, as shown in figs. B and C, the ceiling-joists of the room below being fastened to the under side of the binders. It is usual in houses, etc., to brace and secure the floor-joists by means of crossed struts, as shown in fig. D, forming a strutted floor. In fireproof buildings the wooden joists are replaced by iron I beams, the spaces between which are bridged over by narrow vaults of brick, concrete, tiles, etc.
    • n floor Any similar construction, platform, or leveled area: as, the floor of a bridge; the charge-floor of a blast-furnace; a threshing-floor.
    • n floor A natural surface corresponding to a floor in character or use; a circumscribed basal space or area of any kind: as, the floor of a gorge or a cave; the floor of one of the ventricles of the brain.
    • n floor One complete section of a building having one continuous or approximately continuous floor; a story: as, an office on the first floor.
    • n floor Nautical, that part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
    • n floor In legislative assemblies, the part of the house assigned to the members, and from which they speak; hence, figuratively, the right of speaking or right to be heard in preference to other members: as, the gentleman from New York has the floor.
    • n floor In mining, a flat mass of ore.
    • n floor A plane; a surface.
    • n floor In brewing, same as piece.
    • floor To cover or furnish with a floor: as, to floor a house with pine boards.
    • floor To place upon a floor; base.
    • floor To place near or on the floor, as a picture in an exhibition.
    • floor To strike down or lay level with the floor; beat; conquer; figuratively, to put to silence by some decisive argument, retort, etc.; overcome in any way; overthrow: as, to floor an assailant.
    • floor To go through; make an end of; finish.
    • n floor In wood ship-building, same as floor-timber.
    • n floor In iron ship-building, the bottom part of a frame, consisting of the floor-plate, frame-bar, and the reverse frame-bar.
    • n floor A unit formerly used in the measurement of excavation and embankment. Its magnitude was different in different localities, but was generally equivalent to a prism of earthwork 18, though sometimes 20, feet square, and 1 foot in depth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No building in DC may be taller than 13 floors. This is so that no matter where in the city you are, you can see the monument to our first president, Washington.
    • n Floor flōr the part of a room on which we stand: a platform: the rooms in a house on the same level, a story: any levelled area
    • v.t Floor to furnish with a floor:
    • v.t Floor (coll.) to vanquish, stump
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  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman
    “In my room as a kid... I'd play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
    “A man is never drunk if he can lay on the floor without holding on.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if it has common sense on the ground floor.”
  • Warren Gamaliel Harding
    Warren Gamaliel Harding
    “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!”
  • Jim Bakker
    Jim Bakker
    “Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?”
  • Ogden Nash
    “Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.”


Get in on the ground floor - If you get in on the ground floor, you enter a project or venture at the start before people know how successful it might be.
Have the floor - If someone has the floor, it is their turn to speak at a meeting.
On the factory floor - On the factory floor means the place where things are actually produced.
Shop floor - 'Shop floor' refers to the part of an organisation where the work is actually performed rather than just managed.
Take the floor - Start talking or giving a speech to a group
Wipe the floor with - (UK) If you wipe the floor with someone, you destroy the arguments or defeat them easily.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. flōr,; akin to D. vloer, G. flur, field, floor, entrance hall, Icel. flōr, floor of a cow stall, cf. Ir. & Gael. lar, floor, ground, earth, W. llawr, perh. akin to L. planus, level. Cf. Plain smooth


In literature:

The grunting changed to a rumbling growl that made the floor of the cave tremble beneath him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The superintendent led Juve towards one of the rooms, where the corpse of Captain Brocq was: it had been laid down on the floor.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Pan's first sight of Lucy was when she crawled over the floor to get to him.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
These were lighted for about three floors up, but above the third floor all was dark.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Certainly the letter was not upon the floor then.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
The pair below heard light footsteps on the floor above.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Then he seized me, pulled me down to the metal floor of the entryway.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Some batteries are suspended from the car frame under the floor boards or seat.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The head of the stairway leading down to the abyss of the crater floor was visible.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The tube was knocked to the floor.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

The boy will come no more
Although I listen and long;
The sound of his foot on the floor
Was like an old song.
"His Footstep" by Katharine Tynan
His wake across the ocean-floor
In a long glory lies,
Like a gold wave-way to the shore
Of some sea paradise.
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley
"My mother lays me on the floor,
Upon a little rug;
And I ne'er think of nothing more,
When I'm so warm and snug.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
Two hoofs upon the sanded floor,
And two upon the bed;
And they are breathing side by side,
The living and the dead!
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My hut is small, but as you lie,
You see the lighted shore,
And hear the rippling water sigh
Beneath the pile-raised floor.
"Malay Song" by Laurence Hope
"This is thy ruthless deed--behold!"
And sinking on the floor;
"Oh! let thy love with honour hold,
My injur'd name restore."
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Often, facilities consider the application of floor matting for use only on hard floor surfaces — overlooking the importance of floor matting on carpeted surfaces.
If you need floor work done, Bobby's Flooring is a great choice.
From the Olympic Floor to the Gymnasium Floor.
Perched on the 10th floor of the building, the highest point on campus, the lab is designed with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the lab with natural light.
I thought about going through the floor, building a glass floor so instead of a coffee table sitting here you could see the airplane project sitting in the basement .
Aurora, Colo.-based Bona US, the hardwood-floor-care company, launched Bona Hardwood Floor Spot Cleaner designed to handle tough messes made by pets.
"Leaving pet soils on floors for an extended period of time may damage the finish of hardwood floors," said Chad Nordhagen, director of marketing for Bona US.
When it comes to buying flooring for your home, there's only one flooring store to visit, Carpet One Floor & Home.
Official reports say it started in a first-floor chimney and spread to bedrooms on the second floor.
Packets, Kafko eco-friendly Oil Eater floor cleaner can be used in a mop bucket or floor scrubber.
Carlos Boozer may not be consistent on the floor, but he is automatic when it comes to answering one key question: What is it going to take for Boozer and Joakim Noah to start playing well together on the floor.
"It's great," Roger Clapp beamed, walking across the newly-installed floor in his Waterbury, Vt. "We got some beautiful new maple floors in.".
He says renovations will remove the top two floors of the building, and reduce floor space from 50,000 square feet to about 25,000, while replacing the Cumberland 's concrete façade with a 45-foot tall glass storefront.
Turn your CPDFC square floor into a 24' diameter round or an oval dance floor in our composite laminate style.
NEW YORK — Evoking harrowing memories of Hurricane Katrina, 300 patients were evacuated floor by floor from a premier hospital that lost generator power at the height of superstorm Sandy.

In science:

Some of the XPath operators and functions, such as +, -, floor, string-length, concat, are of general purpose nature and are typical of traditional programming languages.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Observe that t = Floor(d/m∗ ), a = (t + 1)m∗ − d and b = d − tm∗ .
General sheaves over weighted projective lines
Floor et al. (2003) and Floor, Melott & Motl (2004; hereafter FMM) have investigated evolution in cluster morphology simulated with different initial conditions, background cosmology, and different physics (e.g. simulation with or without radiative cooling).
Morphology and Evolution of Simulated and Optical Clusters: A Comparative Analysis
However, the studies of Floor and collaborators are indirect in a sense that they did not analyze observed clusters using the same measurement technique applied to their simulated data sets.
Morphology and Evolution of Simulated and Optical Clusters: A Comparative Analysis
Unfortunately the studies of Floor et al. (2003) and FMM (2004) has ignored this fact.
Morphology and Evolution of Simulated and Optical Clusters: A Comparative Analysis