• "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
    "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flooring 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 flooring building material used in laying floors
    • ***

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 B-25 bomber airplane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945
    • n Flooring A platform; the bottom of a room; a floor; pavement. See Floor n.
    • Flooring Material for the construction of a floor or floors.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A snake charmer in Bangladesh once found 3,500 poisonous cobras and their eggs hidden underneath the floors of two suburban homes
    • n flooring A floor; floors collectively.
    • n flooring Materials used in the construction of floors.
    • n flooring In brewing, the operation of spreading the grain thinly on the malt-floor, and turning it over carefully several times a day to keep it at the temperature of about 62° F., and thus to check germination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
    • Flooring material for floors: a platform
    • ***


  • 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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flór; Dut. vloer, a flat surface, Ger. flur, flat land; W. llawr.


In literature:

Deer and bear robes covered the floor.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
We were taken in a body in upon the lower floor.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
Then, as fancy was displaced by reality, as dreaming gave place to fact, Barber disappeared from the floor.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
The floor next to the exits became crowded, but the central area of the floor was cleared.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Daniel was crouching on the floor behind the organ, and did not stir at his uncle's call.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The Blacks should therefore drop instantly to the floor, as in Stoop Tag.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Yes, the foreman was there, a dim figure sitting on the floor a few feet from him.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The inflected curve of the floor, extending from the keel to the back of the floor-sweep, which the floor does not take.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It will take only very small rugs to suit the floors.
"The Indifference of Juliet" by Grace S. Richmond
Two shared the bed, and the rest lay on the floor.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner

In poetry:

I've wandered wide from shore to shore,
I've knelt at many a shrine;
And bowed me to the rocky floor
Where Bethlehem's tapers shine;
"The Knight of St. John" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Wake: the vaulted shadow shatters,
Trampled to the floor it spanned,
And the tent of night in tatters
Straws the sky-pavilioned land.
"IV: Reveille" by A E Housman
I'd gien ower wark at seventy,
But I gat agate once more;
"I'll live for my country, not on her"
Were my words on t' fettlers' floor.
"The New Englishman" by F W Moorman
'Ah, Pierrot,
Here on my cool green floor
I do transmute, restore,
All things once fair before
To beauty more and more.
Poor Pierrot!'
"At Columbine's Grave" by Bliss William Carman
Thanks to St. Matthew, who had been
At mass-meetings in Palestine,
We knew whose side was spoken for
When Comrade Jesus had the floor.
"Comrade Jesus" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
Unchanged the awful lithograph
Of power and glory undertrod;
Of nations scattered like the chaff
Blown from the threshing-floor of God.
""The Rock" In El Ghor" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Regardless of what brings them through the door, Southwest Floridians of all ages are finding a home on the dance floor.
The South Coast Plaza Banana Republic 's men's shop is located on the second floor, and its redesign is scheduled to be unveiled in November.
Landau hit America's favorite dance floor from 1976 to 1986.
Man shows gun in bank Friday, orders customers onto the floor.
Is there anyone who has never had a fantasy about flooring the gas pedal on a car and smashing into someone else's car.
Right on time for his 3 pm appointment, Sam Botwin climbed the stairs of Dave Hall's row house in Brooklyn, making his way to the rehearsal room on the second floor.
Police were called to Hudson's Bar and Grill at approximately 7:15 am Sunday, where they found Malik Green, 26, lying motionless on the floor.
The Fryman Estates is on 2 acres and features floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, staff quarters, five bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms plus a pool, spa and a tennis court.
On Christmas Day 1969, after we'd opened presents, with wrapping paper still strewn across the floor, my father made an announcement: "Our big present this year is a trip to the Virgin Islands.".
The top two floors of the Bowery House, right, feature renovated versions of the flophouse cubicles on the second floor, left.
Every dull thud on the old barn floor elicits a jingle from a pile of loose nails and a groan from the aged floor The thuds come in rapid succession and the jingling gets louder the groan turns into a steady wail.
The 46th Floor spread was a floor below the previous home of former G.E.
Carpet Distributors Laguna Hills, and Flooring Distributors, Anaheim, specialize in selling flooring products to Orange County residents.
McCormick 's Flooring is Genesee County's flooring expert.
A bank robber has been charged with attempting to escape from Hudson County jail in Kearny by posing as a member of the clergy and he made it from his fifth-floor tier to the ground floor, officials said.

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
Read noise levels have reached performance floors at ~2-3e- rms. The primary problem with CCDs is the cumulative effect of damage from high energy protons and secondary neutrons which give rise to traps, and pixels with anomalously high dark rates (hot pixels).
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
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
Although all of these are certainly interesting, this paper will concentrate on those functions defined over a linearly ordered domain (like R or R) and with a finite number of pieces (unlike floor say).
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions