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Iron

i•ron ərn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a ductile, malleable, silver-white metallic element, scarcely known in a pure condition, but much used in its crude or impure carbon-containing forms for making tools, implements, machinery, etc. Symbol: Fe;
    at. wt.: 55.847;
    at. no.: 26;
    sp. gr.: 7.86 at 20°C. Cf. cast iron, pig iron, steel, wrought iron.
  2. something hard, strong, rigid, unyielding, or the like: hearts of iron.
  3. an instrument, utensil, weapon, etc., made of iron.
  4. an appliance with a flat metal bottom, used when heated, as by electricity, to press or smooth clothes, linens, etc.
  5. [Golf.]one of a series of nine iron-headed clubs having progressively sloped-back faces, used for driving or lofting the ball. Cf. wood1 (def. 8).
  6. a branding iron.
  7. any of several tools, structural members, etc., of metals other than iron.
  8. the blade of a carpenter's plane.
  9. a pistol.
  10. a harpoon.
  11. a preparation of iron or containing iron, used chiefly in the treatment of anemia, or as a styptic and astringent.
  12. irons, shackles or fetters: Put him in irons!
  13. a sword.
  14. in irons: 
    • [Naut.](of a sailing vessel) unable to maneuver because of the position of the sails with relation to the direction of the wind.
    • [Naut.](of a towing vessel) unable to maneuver because of tension on the towing line.
    • Also,  into irons. in shackles or fetters.
  15. irons in the fire, matters with which one is immediately concerned;
    undertakings;
    projects: He had other irons in the fire, so that one failure would not destroy him.
  16. pump iron, to lift weights as an exercise or in competition.
  17. strike while the iron is hot, to act quickly when an opportunity presents itself.

adj. 
  1. of, containing, or made of iron: an iron skillet.
  2. resembling iron in firmness, strength, color, etc.: an iron will.
  3. stern;
    harsh;
    cruel.
  4. inflexible;
    unrelenting.
  5. strong;
    robust;
    healthy.
  6. holding or binding strongly: an iron grip.
  7. irritating or harsh in tone: an iron voice.

v.t. 
  1. to smooth or press with a heated iron, as clothes or linens.
  2. to furnish, mount, or arm with iron.
  3. to shackle or fetter with irons.
  4. to smooth and thin the walls of (an object being deep-drawn).

v.i. 
  1. to press clothes, linens, etc., with an iron.
  2. iron out: 
    • to iron or press (an item of clothing or the like).
    • to remove (wrinkles) from by ironing.
    • to resolve or clear up (difficulties, disagreements, etc.): The problem was ironed out months ago.
iron•less, adj. 
iron•like′, adj. 

Nail

nail (nāl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a slender, typically rod-shaped rigid piece of metal, usually in any of numerous standard lengths from a fraction of an inch to several inches and having one end pointed and the other enlarged and flattened, for hammering into or through wood, other building materials, etc., as used in building, in fastening, or in holding separate pieces together.
  2. a thin, horny plate, consisting of modified epidermis, growing on the upper side of the end of a finger or toe.
  3. a former measure of length for cloth, equal to 2¼ in. (6.4 cm).
  4. hit the nail on the head, to say or do exactly the right thing;
    be accurate or correct: Your analysis really hit the nail on the head.
  5. on the nail, [Informal.]
    • of present interest;
      under discussion.
    • without delay;
      on the spot;
      at once: He was offered a job on the nail.
  6. nail in someone's or something's coffin, something that hastens the demise or failure of a person or thing: Every moment's delay is another nail in his coffin.

v.t. 
  1. to fasten with a nail or nails: to nail the cover on a box.
  2. to enclose or confine (something) by nailing (often fol. by up): to nail up oranges in a crate.
  3. to make fast or keep firmly in one place or position: Surprise nailed him to the spot.
  4. to accomplish perfectly: the only gymnast to nail the dismount.
  5. Informal.
    • to secure by prompt action;
      catch or seize: The police nailed him with the goods.
    • to catch (a person) in some difficulty, lie, etc.
    • to detect and expose (a lie, scandal, etc.).
  6. Slang. to hit (a person): He nailed him on the chin with an uppercut in the first round.
  7. to focus intently on an object or subject: She kept her eyes nailed on the suspicious customer.
  8. Obs. to stud with or as if with nails.
  9. nail down, to make final;
    settle once and for all: Signing the contract will nail down our agreement.
nailless, adj. 
naillike′, adj. 

Sinks

sink (singk),USA pronunciation v.,  sank  or, often, sunk;
sunk
  or sunk•en;
sink•ing;
 n. 
v.i. 
  1. to displace part of the volume of a supporting substance or object and become totally or partially submerged or enveloped;
    fall or descend into or below the surface or to the bottom (often fol. by in or into): The battleship sank within two hours. His foot sank in the mud. Her head sinks into the pillows.
  2. to fall, drop, or descend gradually to a lower level: The river sank two feet during the dry spell.
  3. to settle or fall gradually, as a heavy structure: The tower is slowly sinking.
  4. to fall or collapse slowly from weakness, fatigue, distress, etc.: He gasped and sank to his knees.
  5. to slope downward;
    dip: The field sinks toward the highway.
  6. to go down toward or below the horizon: the sun sinks in the west.
  7. to penetrate, permeate, or seep (usually fol. by in or into): Wipe the oil off before it sinks into the wood.
  8. to become engulfed or absorbed in or gradually to enter a state (usually fol. by in or into): to sink into slumber.
  9. to be or become deeply absorbed or involved in a mood or mental state (usually fol. by in or into): sunk in thought. She sank into despair.
  10. to pass or fall into some lower state, as of fortune, estimation, etc.;
    degenerate: to sink into poverty.
  11. to decline or deteriorate in quality or worth.
  12. to fail in physical strength or health.
  13. to decrease in amount, extent, intensity, etc.: The temperature sank to 30° at noon.
  14. to become lower in volume, tone, or pitch: Her voice sank to a whisper.
  15. to enter or permeate the mind;
    become known or understood (usually fol. by in or into): He said it four times before the words really sank in.
  16. to become concave;
    become hollow, as the cheeks.
  17. to drop or fall gradually into a lower position: He sank down on the bench.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to become submerged or enveloped;
    force into or below the surface;
    cause to plunge in or down: The submarine sank the battleship. He sank his fist into the pillow.
  2. to cause to fall, drop, or descend gradually.
  3. to cause to penetrate: to sink an ax into a tree trunk.
  4. to lower or depress the level of: They sank the roadway by five feet.
  5. to bury, plant, or lay (a pipe, conduit, etc.) into or as if into the ground.
  6. to dig, bore, or excavate (a hole, shaft, well, etc.).
  7. to bring to a worse or lower state or status.
  8. to bring to utter ruin or collapse: Drinking and gambling sank him completely.
  9. to reduce in amount, extent, intensity, etc.
  10. to lower in volume, tone, or pitch.
  11. to suppress;
    ignore;
    omit.
  12. to invest in the hope of making a profit or gaining some other return: He sank all his efforts into the business.
  13. to lose (money) in an unfortunate investment, enterprise, etc.
    • to throw, shoot, hit, or propel (a ball) so that it goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: She sank the 10 ball into the side pocket.
    • to execute (a stroke or throw) so that the ball goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: to sink a putt; to sink a free throw.
  14. sink one's teeth into: 
    • to bite deeply or vigorously.
    • to do or enter into with great enthusiasm, concentration, conviction, etc.: to sink my teeth into solving the problem.

n. 
  1. a basin or receptacle, as in a kitchen or laundry, usually connected with a water supply and drainage system, for washing dishes, clothing, etc.
  2. a low-lying, poorly drained area where waters collect and sink into the ground or evaporate.
  3. sinkhole (def. 2).
  4. a place of vice or corruption.
  5. a drain or sewer.
  6. a device or place for disposing of energy within a system, as a power-consuming device in an electrical circuit or a condenser in a steam engine.
  7. any pond or pit for sewage or waste, as a cesspool or a pool for industrial wastes.
  8. any natural process by which contaminants are removed from the atmosphere.
sinka•ble, adj. 
sinklike′, adj. 

But

but1  (but; unstressed bət),USA pronunciation conj. 
  1. on the contrary;
    yet: My brother went, but I did not.
  2. except;
    save: She was so overcome with grief she could do nothing but weep.
  3. unless;
    if not;
    except that (fol. by a clause, often with that expressed): Nothing would do but that I should come in.
  4. without the circumstance that: It never rains but it pours.
  5. otherwise than: There is no hope but by prayer.
  6. that (used esp. after doubt, deny, etc., with a negative): I don't doubt but he will do it.
  7. who not;
    that not: No leaders worthy of the name ever existed but they were optimists.
  8. (used as an intensifier to introduce an exclamatory expression): But she's beautiful!
  9. [Informal.]than: It no sooner started raining but it stopped.
  10. but what. See  what (def. 31).

prep. 
  1. with the exception of;
    except;
    save: No one replied but me.

adv. 
  1. only;
    just: There is but one God.
  2. but for, except for;
    were it not for: But for the excessive humidity, it might have been a pleasant day.

n. 
  1. buts, reservations or objections: You'll do as you're told, no buts about it.

Ship

ship (ship),USA pronunciation n., v.,  shipped, ship•ping. 
n. 
  1. a vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
    • a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
    • [Now Rare.]a bark having more than three masts. Cf.  shipentine. 
  2. the crew and, sometimes, the passengers of a vessel: The captain gave the ship shore leave.
  3. an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.
  4. jump ship: 
    • to escape from a ship, esp. one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
    • to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.;
      defect or desert: Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
  5. run a tight ship, to exercise a close, strict control over a ship's crew, a company, organization, or the like.
  6. when one's ship comes in or  home, when one's fortune is assured: She'll buy a car as soon as her ship comes in.

v.t. 
  1. to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation;
    to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
  2. [Naut.]to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
  3. to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
  4. to engage (someone) for service on a ship.
  5. to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
  6. to place (an oar) in proper position for rowing. Cf.  boat (def. 13).
  7. to send away: They shipped the kids off to camp for the summer.

v.i. 
  1. to go on board or travel by ship;
    embark.
  2. to engage to serve on a ship.
  3. ship out: 
    • to leave, esp. for another country or assignment: He said goodby to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
    • to send away, esp. to another country or assignment.
    • [Informal.]to quit, resign, or be fired from a job: Shape up or ship out!
shipless, adj. 
shipless•ly, adv. 

Floats

float (flōt),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid;
    be buoyant: The hollow ball floated.
  2. to move gently on the surface of a liquid;
    drift along: The canoe floated downstream.
  3. to rest or move in a liquid, the air, etc.: a balloon floating on high.
  4. to move lightly and gracefully: She floated down the stairs.
  5. to move or hover before the eyes or in the mind: Romantic visions floated before his eyes.
  6. to pass from one person to another: A nasty rumor about his firm is floating around town.
  7. to be free from attachment or involvement.
  8. to move or drift about: to float from place to place.
  9. to vacillate (often fol. by between).
  10. to be launched, as a company, scheme, etc.
  11. (of a currency) to be allowed to fluctuate freely in the foreign-exchange market instead of being exchanged at a fixed rate.
  12. (of an interest rate) to change periodically according to money-market conditions.
  13. [Com.]to be in circulation, as an acceptance;
    be awaiting maturity.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to float.
  2. to cover with water or other liquid;
    flood;
    irrigate.
  3. to launch (a company, scheme, etc.);
    set going.
  4. to issue on the stock market in order to raise money, as stocks or bonds.
  5. to let (a currency or interest rate) fluctuate in the foreign-exchange or money market.
  6. to make smooth with a float, as the surface of plaster.
  7. [Theat.]to lay down (a flat), usually by bracing the bottom edge of the frame with the foot and allowing the rest to fall slowly to the floor.

n. 
  1. something that floats, as a raft.
  2. something for buoying up.
  3. an inflated bag to sustain a person in water;
    life preserver.
  4. (in certain types of tanks, cisterns, etc.) a device, as a hollow ball, that through its buoyancy automatically regulates the level, supply, or outlet of a liquid.
  5. a floating platform attached to a wharf, bank, or the like, and used as a landing.
  6. a hollow, boatlike structure under the wing or fuselage of a seaplane or flying boat, keeping it afloat in water.
  7. [Angling.]a piece of cork or other material for supporting a baited line in the water and indicating by its movements when a fish bites.
  8. an inflated organ that supports an animal in the water.
  9. a vehicle bearing a display, usually an elaborate tableau, in a parade or procession: Each class prepared a float for the football pageant.
  10. a glass of fruit juice or soft drink with one or more scoops of ice cream floating in it: a root-beer float.
  11. (esp. in the northeastern U.S.) a milk shake with one or more scoops of ice cream floating in it.
  12. paddle1 (def. 6).
  13. [Banking.]uncollected checks and commercial paper in process of transfer from bank to bank.
  14. the total amount of any cost-of-living or other variable adjustments added to an employee's pay or a retiree's benefits: a float of $6 per month on top of Social Security benefits.
  15. an act or instance of floating, as a currency on the foreign-exchange market.
    • a flat tool for spreading and smoothing plaster or stucco.
    • a tool for polishing marble.
  16. a single-cut file of moderate smoothness.
  17. a loose-fitting, sometimes very full dress without a waistline.
  18. (in weaving and knitting) a length of yarn that extends over several rows or stitches without being interworked.
  19. [Brit.]a sum of money used by a storekeeper to provide change for the till at the start of a day's business.
  20. [Brit.]a small vehicle, usually battery powered, used to make deliveries, as of milk.
  21. a low-bodied dray for transporting heavy goods.
    • loose fragments of rock, ore, etc., that have been moved from one place to another by the action of wind, water, etc.
    • ore that has been washed downhill from an orebody and is found lying on the surface of the ground.
    • any mineral in suspension in water.
  22. Usually,  floats. [Brit. Theat.]footlights.

SCIENCE

sci•ence (sīəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences.
  2. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.
  3. any of the branches of natural or physical science.
  4. systematized knowledge in general.
  5. knowledge, as of facts or principles;
    knowledge gained by systematic study.
  6. a particular branch of knowledge.
  7. skill, esp. reflecting a precise application of facts or principles;
    proficiency.

IN

in (in),USA pronunciation prep., adv., adj., n., v.,  inned, in•ning. 
prep. 
  1. (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park.
  2. (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the autumn.
  3. (used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time): in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.
  4. (used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.): to speak in a whisper; to be similar in appearance.
  5. (used to indicate means): sketched in ink; spoken in French.
  6. (used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) into: Let's go in the house.
  7. (used to indicate transition from one state to another): to break in half.
  8. (used to indicate object or purpose): speaking in honor of the event.
  9. in that, because;
    inasmuch as: In that you won't have time for supper, let me give you something now.

adv. 
  1. in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.: Please come in.
  2. on the inside;
    within.
  3. in one's house or office.
  4. in office or power.
  5. in possession or occupancy.
  6. having the turn to play, as in a game.
  7. [Baseball.](of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual;
    short: The third baseman played in, expecting a bunt.
  8. on good terms;
    in favor: He's in with his boss, but he doubts it will last.
  9. in vogue;
    in style: He says straw hats will be in this year.
  10. in season: Watermelons will soon be in.
  11. be in for, to be bound to undergo something, esp. a disagreeable experience: We are in for a long speech.
  12. in for it, [Slang.]about to suffer chastisement or unpleasant consequences, esp. of one's own actions or omissions: I forgot our anniversary again, and I'll be in for it now.Also,[Brit.,] for it. 
  13. in with, on friendly terms with;
    familiar or associating with: They are in with all the important people.

adj. 
  1. located or situated within;
    inner;
    internal: the in part of a mechanism.
  2. [Informal.]
    • in favor with advanced or sophisticated people;
      fashionable;
      stylish: the in place to dine; Her new novel is the in book to read this summer.
    • comprehensible only to a special or ultrasophisticated group: an in joke.
  3. well-liked;
    included in a favored group.
  4. inward;
    incoming;
    inbound: an in train.
  5. plentiful;
    available.
  6. being in power, authority, control, etc.: a member of the in party.
  7. playing the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course (opposed to out): His in score on the second round was 34.

n. 
  1. Usually,  ins. persons in office or political power (distinguished from outs).
  2. a member of the political party in power: The election made him an in.
  3. pull or influence;
    a social advantage or connection: He's got an in with the senator.
  4. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to out).

v.t. Brit. [Dial.]
  1. to enclose.

LIFE

life (līf ),USA pronunciation n., pl.  lives (līvz),USA pronunciation  adj. 

n. 
  1. the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
  2. the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, esp. metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment.
  3. the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual: to risk one's life; a short life and a merry one.
  4. a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul: eternal life.
  5. the general or universal condition of human existence: Too bad, but life is like that.
  6. any specified period of animate existence: a man in middle life.
  7. the period of existence, activity, or effectiveness of something inanimate, as a machine, lease, or play: The life of the car may be ten years.
  8. a living being: Several lives were lost.
  9. living things collectively: the hope of discovering life on other planets; insect life.
  10. a particular aspect of existence: He enjoys an active physical life.
  11. the course of existence or sum of experiences and actions that constitute a person's existence: His business has been his entire life.
  12. a biography: a newly published life of Willa Cather.
  13. animation;
    liveliness;
    spirit: a speech full of life.
  14. resilience;
    elasticity.
  15. the force that makes or keeps something alive;
    the vivifying or quickening principle: The life of the treaty has been an increase of mutual understanding and respect.
  16. a mode or manner of existence, as in the world of affairs or society: So far her business life has not overlapped her social life.
  17. the period or extent of authority, popularity, approval, etc.: the life of the committee; the life of a bestseller.
  18. a prison sentence covering the remaining portion of the offender's animate existence: The judge gave him life.
  19. anything or anyone considered to be as precious as life: She was his life.
  20. a person or thing that enlivens: the life of the party.
  21. effervescence or sparkle, as of wines.
  22. pungency or strong, sharp flavor, as of substances when fresh or in good condition.
  23. nature or any of the forms of nature as the model or subject of a work of art: drawn from life.
  24. [Baseball.]another opportunity given to a batter to bat because of a misplay by a fielder.
  25. (in English pool) one of a limited number of shots allowed a player: Each pool player has three lives at the beginning of the game.
  26. as large as life, actually;
    indeed: There he stood, as large as life.Also,  as big as life. 
  27. come to life: 
    • to recover consciousness.
    • to become animated and vigorous: The evening passed, but somehow the party never came to life.
    • to appear lifelike: The characters of the novel came to life on the screen.
  28. for dear life, with desperate effort, energy, or speed: We ran for dear life, with the dogs at our heels.Also,  for one's life. 
  29. for the life of one, as hard as one tries;
    even with the utmost effort: He can't understand it for the life of him.
  30. get a life, to improve the quality of one's social and professional life: often used in the imperative to express impatience with someone's behavior.
  31. not on your life, [Informal.]absolutely not;
    under no circumstances;
    by no means: Will I stand for such a thing? Not on your life!
  32. take one's life in one's hands, to risk death knowingly: We were warned that we were taking our lives in our hands by going through that swampy area.
  33. to the life, in perfect imitation;
    exactly: The portrait characterized him to the life.

adj. 
  1. for or lasting a lifetime;
    lifelong: a life membership in a club; life imprisonment.
  2. of or pertaining to animate existence: the life force; life functions.
  3. working from nature or using a living model: a life drawing; a life class.

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Cutting

cut•ting (kuting),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of a person or thing that cuts.
  2. something cut, cut off, or cut out.
  3. [Hort.]a piece, as a root, stem, or leaf, cut from a plant and used for propagation.
  4. something made by cutting, as a recording.
  5. [Chiefly Brit.]a clipping from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
  6. a trenchlike excavation, esp. through a hill, as one made in constructing a highway.

adj. 
  1. that cuts;
    penetrating or dividing by, or as if by, a cut.
  2. piercing, as a wind.
  3. wounding the feelings severely;
    sarcastic.
cutting•ly, adv. 
cutting•ness, n. 

Of

of1  (uv, ov; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.): within a mile of the church; south of Omaha; to be robbed of one's money.
  2. (used to indicate derivation, origin, or source): a man of good family; the plays of Shakespeare; a piece of cake.
  3. (used to indicate cause, motive, occasion, or reason): to die of hunger.
  4. (used to indicate material, component parts, substance, or contents): a dress of silk; a book of poems; a package of cheese.
  5. (used to indicate apposition or identity): Is that idiot of a salesman calling again?
  6. (used to indicate specific identity or a particular item within a category): the city of Chicago; thoughts of love.
  7. (used to indicate possession, connection, or association): the king of France; the property of the church.
  8. (used to indicate inclusion in a number, class, or whole): one of us.
  9. (used to indicate the objective relation, the object of the action noted by the preceding noun or the application of a verb or adjective): the ringing of bells; He writes her of home; I'm tired of working.
  10. (used to indicate reference or respect): There is talk of peace.
  11. (used to indicate qualities or attributes): an ambassador of remarkable tact.
  12. (used to indicate a specified time): They arrived of an evening.
  13. [Chiefly Northern U.S.]before the hour of;
    until: twenty minutes of five.
  14. on the part of: It was very mean of you to laugh at me.
  15. in respect to: fleet of foot.
  16. set aside for or devoted to: a minute of prayer.
  17. [Archaic.]by: consumed of worms.

Tools

tool (to̅o̅l),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. an implement, esp. one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.
  2. any instrument of manual operation.
  3. the cutting or machining part of a lathe, planer, drill, or similar machine.
  4. the machine itself;
    a machine tool.
  5. anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose: Education is a tool for success.
  6. a person manipulated by another for the latter's own ends;
    cat's-paw.
  7. the design or ornament impressed upon the cover of a book.
  8. [Underworld Slang.]
    • a pistol or gun.
    • a pickpocket.
  9. [Slang]([vulgar]). penis.

v.t. 
  1. to work or shape with a tool.
  2. to work decoratively with a hand tool.
  3. to ornament (the cover of a book) with a bookbinder's tool.
  4. to drive (a vehicle): He tooled the car along the treacherous path.
  5. to equip with tools or machinery.

v.i. 
  1. to work with a tool.
  2. to drive or ride in a vehicle: tooling along the freeway.
  3. tool up, to install machinery designed for performing a particular job: manufacturers tooling up for production.
tool er, n. 
tool less, adj. 

Like

like1  (līk),USA pronunciation adj., (Poetic) lik•er, lik•est, prep., adv., conj., n., v.,  liked, lik•ing, interj. 
adj. 
  1. of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.: I cannot remember a like instance.
  2. corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect;
    similar;
    analogous: drawing, painting, and like arts.
  3. bearing resemblance.
  4. likely: 'Tis like that he's gone mad.
  5. about: The poor chap seemed like to run away.
  6. something like, [Informal.]something approaching or approximating: It looked something like this.

prep. 
  1. in like manner with;
    similarly to;
    in the manner characteristic of: He works like a beaver.
  2. resembling (someone or something): He is just like his father. Your necklace is just like mine.
  3. characteristic of: It would be like him to forget our appointment.
  4. as if there is promise of;
    indicative of: It looks like rain.
  5. as if someone or something gives promise of being: She looks like a good prospect for the job.
  6. disposed or inclined to (usually prec. by feel): to feel like going to bed.
  7. similar or comparable to: There is nothing like a cold drink of water when one is thirsty. What was he like?
  8. (used correlatively to indicate similarity through relationship): like father, like son.
  9. (used to establish an intensifying, often facetious, comparison): sleeping like a log.
  10. as;
    such as: There are numerous hobbies you might enjoy, like photography or painting.
  11. like anything, very much;
    extremely;
    with great intensity: He wanted like anything to win.

adv. 
  1. nearly;
    closely;
    approximately: The house is more like 40 than 20 years old.
  2. likely or probably: Like enough he'll come with us. Like as not her leg is broken.
  3. [Nonstandard.]
    • as it were;
      in a way;
      somehow.
    • to a degree;
      more or less: standing against the wall, looking very tough like.

conj. 
  1. in the same way as;
    just as;
    as: It happened like you might expect it would.
  2. as if: He acted like he was afraid. The car runs like new.
  3. (used esp. after forms ofbeto introduce reported speech or thought): She's like, "I don't believe it," and I'm like, "No, it's true!"

n. 
  1. a similar or comparable person or thing, or like persons or things;
    counterpart, match, or equal (usually prec. by a possessive adjective or the): No one has seen his like in a long time. Like attracts like.
  2. kind;
    sort;
    type;
    ilk (usually prec. by a possessive adjective): I despise moochers and their like.
  3. the like, something of a similar nature: They grow oranges, lemons, and the like.
  4. the like or  likes of, someone or something similar to;
    the equal of: I've never seen the like of it anywhere.

v.i. 
  1. like to or  liked to, [South Midland and Southern U.S.]was on the verge of or came close to (doing something): The poor kid like to froze.

interj. 
  1. (used esp. in speech, often nonvolitionally or habitually, to preface a sentence, to fill a pause, to express uncertainty, or to intensify or neutralize a following adjective): Like, why didn't you write to me? The music was, like, really great, you know?
liker, n. 

Blades

blade (blād),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the flat cutting part of a sword, knife, etc.
  2. a sword, rapier, or the like.
  3. a similar part, as of a mechanism, used for clearing, wiping, scraping, etc.: the blade of a windshield wiper; the blade of a bulldozer.
  4. the arm of a propeller or other similar rotary mechanism, as an electric fan or turbine.
  5. [Bot.]
    • the leaf of a plant, esp. of a grass or cereal.
    • the broad part of a leaf, as distinguished from the stalk or petiole. See illus. under  leaf. 
  6. the metal part of an ice skate that comes into contact with the ice.
  7. a thin, flat part of something, as of an oar or a bone: shoulder blade.
  8. a dashing, swaggering, or jaunty young man: a gay blade from the nearby city.
  9. a swordsman.
    • the foremost and most readily flexible portion of the tongue, including the tip and implying the upper and lower surfaces and edges.
    • the upper surface of the tongue directly behind the tip, lying beneath the alveolar ridge when the tongue is in a resting position.
  10. the elongated hind part of a fowl's single comb.
bladeless, adj. 

Piece

piece (pēs),USA pronunciation n., v.,  pieced, piec•ing. 
n. 
  1. a separate or limited portion or quantity of something: a piece of land; a piece of chocolate.
  2. a quantity of some substance or material forming a single mass or body: a nice piece of lumber.
  3. a more or less definite portion or quantity of a whole: to cut a blueberry pie into six pieces.
  4. a particular length, as of certain goods prepared for the market: cloth sold by the piece.
  5. an amount of work forming a single job: to be paid by the piece and not by the hour.
  6. an example of workmanship, esp. of artistic production, as a picture or a statue: The museum has some interesting pieces by Picasso.
  7. a literary composition, usually short, in prose or verse.
  8. a literary selection for recitation: Each child had a chance to recite a piece.
  9. a musical composition.
  10. one of the parts that, when assembled, form a whole: the pieces of a clock.
  11. an individual article of a set or collection: a set of dishes containing 100 pieces.
    • one of the figures, disks, blocks, or the like, of wood, ivory, or other material, used in playing, as on a board or table.
    • (in chess) a superior man, as distinguished from a pawn: to take a rook, a bishop, and other pieces.
  12. a token, charm, or amulet: a good-luck piece.
  13. an individual thing of a particular class or kind: a piece of furniture; a piece of drawing paper.
  14. an example, specimen, or instance of something: a fine piece of workmanship.
  15. one of the parts into which a thing is destructively divided or broken;
    a part, fragment, or shred: to tear a letter into pieces.
    • a soldier's rifle, pistol, etc.
    • a cannon or other unit of ordnance: field piece.
  16. a coin: a five-cent piece.
  17. [Midland and Southern U.S.]a distance: I'm going down the road a piece.
  18. [Chiefly North Midland U.S.]a snack.
  19. Also called  piece of ass. Slang (vulgar).
    • coitus.
    • a person considered as a partner in coitus.
  20. give someone a piece of one's mind. See  mind (def. 20).
  21. go to pieces: 
    • to break into fragments.
    • to lose control of oneself;
      become emotionally or physically upset: When he flunked out of medical school he went to pieces.
  22. of a piece, of the same kind;
    harmonious;
    consistent. Also,  of one piece. 
  23. piece of the action. See  action (def. 22).
  24. speak one's piece, to express one's opinion;
    reveal one's thoughts upon a subject: I decided to speak my piece whether they liked it or not.

v.t. 
  1. to mend (a garment, article, etc.) by adding, joining, or applying a piece or pieces;
    patch.
  2. to complete, enlarge, or extend by an added piece or something additional (often fol. by out): to piece out a library with new books.
  3. to make by or as if by joining pieces (often fol. by together): to piece a quilt; to piece together a musical program.
  4. to join together, as pieces or parts: to piece together the fragments of a broken dish.
  5. to join as a piece or addition to something: to piece new wire into the cable.
  6. to assemble into a meaningful whole by combining available facts, information, details, etc.: He pieced the story together after a lot of effort.

v.i. 
  1. [Chiefly North Midland U.S.]to eat small portions of food between meals;
    snack.

Iron

i•ron ərn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a ductile, malleable, silver-white metallic element, scarcely known in a pure condition, but much used in its crude or impure carbon-containing forms for making tools, implements, machinery, etc. Symbol: Fe;
    at. wt.: 55.847;
    at. no.: 26;
    sp. gr.: 7.86 at 20°C. Cf. cast iron, pig iron, steel, wrought iron.
  2. something hard, strong, rigid, unyielding, or the like: hearts of iron.
  3. an instrument, utensil, weapon, etc., made of iron.
  4. an appliance with a flat metal bottom, used when heated, as by electricity, to press or smooth clothes, linens, etc.
  5. [Golf.]one of a series of nine iron-headed clubs having progressively sloped-back faces, used for driving or lofting the ball. Cf. wood1 (def. 8).
  6. a branding iron.
  7. any of several tools, structural members, etc., of metals other than iron.
  8. the blade of a carpenter's plane.
  9. a pistol.
  10. a harpoon.
  11. a preparation of iron or containing iron, used chiefly in the treatment of anemia, or as a styptic and astringent.
  12. irons, shackles or fetters: Put him in irons!
  13. a sword.
  14. in irons: 
    • [Naut.](of a sailing vessel) unable to maneuver because of the position of the sails with relation to the direction of the wind.
    • [Naut.](of a towing vessel) unable to maneuver because of tension on the towing line.
    • Also,  into irons. in shackles or fetters.
  15. irons in the fire, matters with which one is immediately concerned;
    undertakings;
    projects: He had other irons in the fire, so that one failure would not destroy him.
  16. pump iron, to lift weights as an exercise or in competition.
  17. strike while the iron is hot, to act quickly when an opportunity presents itself.

adj. 
  1. of, containing, or made of iron: an iron skillet.
  2. resembling iron in firmness, strength, color, etc.: an iron will.
  3. stern;
    harsh;
    cruel.
  4. inflexible;
    unrelenting.
  5. strong;
    robust;
    healthy.
  6. holding or binding strongly: an iron grip.
  7. irritating or harsh in tone: an iron voice.

v.t. 
  1. to smooth or press with a heated iron, as clothes or linens.
  2. to furnish, mount, or arm with iron.
  3. to shackle or fetter with irons.
  4. to smooth and thin the walls of (an object being deep-drawn).

v.i. 
  1. to press clothes, linens, etc., with an iron.
  2. iron out: 
    • to iron or press (an item of clothing or the like).
    • to remove (wrinkles) from by ironing.
    • to resolve or clear up (difficulties, disagreements, etc.): The problem was ironed out months ago.
iron•less, adj. 
iron•like′, adj. 

Sinks

sink (singk),USA pronunciation v.,  sank  or, often, sunk;
sunk
  or sunk•en;
sink•ing;
 n. 
v.i. 
  1. to displace part of the volume of a supporting substance or object and become totally or partially submerged or enveloped;
    fall or descend into or below the surface or to the bottom (often fol. by in or into): The battleship sank within two hours. His foot sank in the mud. Her head sinks into the pillows.
  2. to fall, drop, or descend gradually to a lower level: The river sank two feet during the dry spell.
  3. to settle or fall gradually, as a heavy structure: The tower is slowly sinking.
  4. to fall or collapse slowly from weakness, fatigue, distress, etc.: He gasped and sank to his knees.
  5. to slope downward;
    dip: The field sinks toward the highway.
  6. to go down toward or below the horizon: the sun sinks in the west.
  7. to penetrate, permeate, or seep (usually fol. by in or into): Wipe the oil off before it sinks into the wood.
  8. to become engulfed or absorbed in or gradually to enter a state (usually fol. by in or into): to sink into slumber.
  9. to be or become deeply absorbed or involved in a mood or mental state (usually fol. by in or into): sunk in thought. She sank into despair.
  10. to pass or fall into some lower state, as of fortune, estimation, etc.;
    degenerate: to sink into poverty.
  11. to decline or deteriorate in quality or worth.
  12. to fail in physical strength or health.
  13. to decrease in amount, extent, intensity, etc.: The temperature sank to 30° at noon.
  14. to become lower in volume, tone, or pitch: Her voice sank to a whisper.
  15. to enter or permeate the mind;
    become known or understood (usually fol. by in or into): He said it four times before the words really sank in.
  16. to become concave;
    become hollow, as the cheeks.
  17. to drop or fall gradually into a lower position: He sank down on the bench.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to become submerged or enveloped;
    force into or below the surface;
    cause to plunge in or down: The submarine sank the battleship. He sank his fist into the pillow.
  2. to cause to fall, drop, or descend gradually.
  3. to cause to penetrate: to sink an ax into a tree trunk.
  4. to lower or depress the level of: They sank the roadway by five feet.
  5. to bury, plant, or lay (a pipe, conduit, etc.) into or as if into the ground.
  6. to dig, bore, or excavate (a hole, shaft, well, etc.).
  7. to bring to a worse or lower state or status.
  8. to bring to utter ruin or collapse: Drinking and gambling sank him completely.
  9. to reduce in amount, extent, intensity, etc.
  10. to lower in volume, tone, or pitch.
  11. to suppress;
    ignore;
    omit.
  12. to invest in the hope of making a profit or gaining some other return: He sank all his efforts into the business.
  13. to lose (money) in an unfortunate investment, enterprise, etc.
    • to throw, shoot, hit, or propel (a ball) so that it goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: She sank the 10 ball into the side pocket.
    • to execute (a stroke or throw) so that the ball goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: to sink a putt; to sink a free throw.
  14. sink one's teeth into: 
    • to bite deeply or vigorously.
    • to do or enter into with great enthusiasm, concentration, conviction, etc.: to sink my teeth into solving the problem.

n. 
  1. a basin or receptacle, as in a kitchen or laundry, usually connected with a water supply and drainage system, for washing dishes, clothing, etc.
  2. a low-lying, poorly drained area where waters collect and sink into the ground or evaporate.
  3. sinkhole (def. 2).
  4. a place of vice or corruption.
  5. a drain or sewer.
  6. a device or place for disposing of energy within a system, as a power-consuming device in an electrical circuit or a condenser in a steam engine.
  7. any pond or pit for sewage or waste, as a cesspool or a pool for industrial wastes.
  8. any natural process by which contaminants are removed from the atmosphere.
sinka•ble, adj. 
sinklike′, adj. 

In

in (in),USA pronunciation prep., adv., adj., n., v.,  inned, in•ning. 
prep. 
  1. (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park.
  2. (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the autumn.
  3. (used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time): in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.
  4. (used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.): to speak in a whisper; to be similar in appearance.
  5. (used to indicate means): sketched in ink; spoken in French.
  6. (used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) into: Let's go in the house.
  7. (used to indicate transition from one state to another): to break in half.
  8. (used to indicate object or purpose): speaking in honor of the event.
  9. in that, because;
    inasmuch as: In that you won't have time for supper, let me give you something now.

adv. 
  1. in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.: Please come in.
  2. on the inside;
    within.
  3. in one's house or office.
  4. in office or power.
  5. in possession or occupancy.
  6. having the turn to play, as in a game.
  7. [Baseball.](of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual;
    short: The third baseman played in, expecting a bunt.
  8. on good terms;
    in favor: He's in with his boss, but he doubts it will last.
  9. in vogue;
    in style: He says straw hats will be in this year.
  10. in season: Watermelons will soon be in.
  11. be in for, to be bound to undergo something, esp. a disagreeable experience: We are in for a long speech.
  12. in for it, [Slang.]about to suffer chastisement or unpleasant consequences, esp. of one's own actions or omissions: I forgot our anniversary again, and I'll be in for it now.Also,[Brit.,] for it. 
  13. in with, on friendly terms with;
    familiar or associating with: They are in with all the important people.

adj. 
  1. located or situated within;
    inner;
    internal: the in part of a mechanism.
  2. [Informal.]
    • in favor with advanced or sophisticated people;
      fashionable;
      stylish: the in place to dine; Her new novel is the in book to read this summer.
    • comprehensible only to a special or ultrasophisticated group: an in joke.
  3. well-liked;
    included in a favored group.
  4. inward;
    incoming;
    inbound: an in train.
  5. plentiful;
    available.
  6. being in power, authority, control, etc.: a member of the in party.
  7. playing the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course (opposed to out): His in score on the second round was 34.

n. 
  1. Usually,  ins. persons in office or political power (distinguished from outs).
  2. a member of the political party in power: The election made him an in.
  3. pull or influence;
    a social advantage or connection: He's got an in with the senator.
  4. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to out).

v.t. Brit. [Dial.]
  1. to enclose.

Water

wa•ter (wôtər, wotər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H2O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight.
  2. a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain.
  3. Often,  waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring: Last year we went to Marienbad for the waters.
  4. the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, esp. as dependent on tide: a difference of 20 feet between high and low water.
  5. the surface of a stream, river, lake, ocean, etc.: above, below, or on the water.
  6. waters: 
    • flowing water, or water moving in waves: The river's mighty waters.
    • the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world: We left San Diego and sailed south for Mexican waters.
  7. a liquid solution or preparation, esp. one used for cosmetic purposes: lavender water; lemon water.
  8. Often,  waters. [Med.]
    • amniotic fluid.
    • the bag of waters;
      amnion: Her water broke at 2 a.m.
  9. any of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water: ammonia water.
  10. any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine.
  11. [Finance.]fictitious assets or the inflated values they give to the stock of a corporation.
  12. a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk fabrics or metal surfaces.
  13. (formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone.
  14. above water, out of embarrassment or trouble, esp. of a financial nature: They had so many medical bills that they could hardly keep their heads above water.
  15. break water: 
    • to break the surface of the water by emerging from it.
    • [Swimming.]to break the surface of the water with the feet, esp. in swimming the breaststroke doing the frog kick.
    • to break the amniotic sac prior to parturition.
  16. by water, by ship or boat: to send goods by water.
  17. hold water: 
    • to be logical, defensible, or valid: That accusation won't hold water.
    • to check the movement of a rowboat by keeping the oars steady with the blades vertical.
  18. dead in the water. See  dead (def. 36).
  19. in deep water, in great distress or difficulty: Their marriage has been in deep water for some time.
  20. in hot water. See  hot water. 
  21. like water, lavishly;
    abundantly;
    freely: The champagne flowed like water.
  22. make water: 
    • (of a boat) to allow water to enter;
      leak.
    • to urinate.
  23. take water, (of a boat) to allow water to enter through leaks or portholes or over the side.
  24. tread water. See  tread (def. 12).

v.t. 
  1. to sprinkle, moisten, or drench with water: to water the flowers; to water a street.
  2. to supply (animals) with water for drinking.
  3. to furnish with a supply of water, as a ship.
  4. to furnish water to (a region), as by streams;
    supply (land) with water, as by irrigation: The valley is watered by a branch of the Colorado River. Our land is watered by the All-American Canal.
  5. to dilute, weaken, soften, or adulterate with, or as with, water (often fol. by down): to water soup; to water down an unfavorable report.
  6. [Finance.]to issue or increase the par value of (shares of stock) without having the assets to warrant doing so (often fol. by down).
  7. to produce a wavy, lustrous pattern, marking, or finish on (fabrics, metals, etc.): watered silk.

v.i. 
  1. to discharge, fill with, or secrete water or liquid, as the eyes when irritated, or as the mouth at the sight or thought of tempting food.
  2. to drink water, as an animal.
  3. to take in a supply of water, as a ship: Our ship will water at Savannah.
  4. make one's mouth water, to excite a desire or appetite for something: The roasting turkey made our mouths water.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to water in any way: a water journey.
  2. holding, or designed to hold, water: a water jug.
  3. worked or powered by water: a water turbine.
  4. heating, pumping, or circulating water (often used in combination): hot-water furnace; city waterworks.
  5. used in or on water: water skis.
  6. containing or prepared with water, as for hardening or dilution: water mortar.
  7. located or occurring on, in, or by water: water music; water frontage.
  8. residing by or in, or ruling over, water: water people; water deities.
water•er, n. 
water•less, adj. 
water•less•ly, adv. 
water•less•ness, n. 
water•like′, adj. 

But

but1  (but; unstressed bət),USA pronunciation conj. 
  1. on the contrary;
    yet: My brother went, but I did not.
  2. except;
    save: She was so overcome with grief she could do nothing but weep.
  3. unless;
    if not;
    except that (fol. by a clause, often with that expressed): Nothing would do but that I should come in.
  4. without the circumstance that: It never rains but it pours.
  5. otherwise than: There is no hope but by prayer.
  6. that (used esp. after doubt, deny, etc., with a negative): I don't doubt but he will do it.
  7. who not;
    that not: No leaders worthy of the name ever existed but they were optimists.
  8. (used as an intensifier to introduce an exclamatory expression): But she's beautiful!
  9. [Informal.]than: It no sooner started raining but it stopped.
  10. but what. See  what (def. 31).

prep. 
  1. with the exception of;
    except;
    save: No one replied but me.

adv. 
  1. only;
    just: There is but one God.
  2. but for, except for;
    were it not for: But for the excessive humidity, it might have been a pleasant day.

n. 
  1. buts, reservations or objections: You'll do as you're told, no buts about it.

Floats

float (flōt),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid;
    be buoyant: The hollow ball floated.
  2. to move gently on the surface of a liquid;
    drift along: The canoe floated downstream.
  3. to rest or move in a liquid, the air, etc.: a balloon floating on high.
  4. to move lightly and gracefully: She floated down the stairs.
  5. to move or hover before the eyes or in the mind: Romantic visions floated before his eyes.
  6. to pass from one person to another: A nasty rumor about his firm is floating around town.
  7. to be free from attachment or involvement.
  8. to move or drift about: to float from place to place.
  9. to vacillate (often fol. by between).
  10. to be launched, as a company, scheme, etc.
  11. (of a currency) to be allowed to fluctuate freely in the foreign-exchange market instead of being exchanged at a fixed rate.
  12. (of an interest rate) to change periodically according to money-market conditions.
  13. [Com.]to be in circulation, as an acceptance;
    be awaiting maturity.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to float.
  2. to cover with water or other liquid;
    flood;
    irrigate.
  3. to launch (a company, scheme, etc.);
    set going.
  4. to issue on the stock market in order to raise money, as stocks or bonds.
  5. to let (a currency or interest rate) fluctuate in the foreign-exchange or money market.
  6. to make smooth with a float, as the surface of plaster.
  7. [Theat.]to lay down (a flat), usually by bracing the bottom edge of the frame with the foot and allowing the rest to fall slowly to the floor.

n. 
  1. something that floats, as a raft.
  2. something for buoying up.
  3. an inflated bag to sustain a person in water;
    life preserver.
  4. (in certain types of tanks, cisterns, etc.) a device, as a hollow ball, that through its buoyancy automatically regulates the level, supply, or outlet of a liquid.
  5. a floating platform attached to a wharf, bank, or the like, and used as a landing.
  6. a hollow, boatlike structure under the wing or fuselage of a seaplane or flying boat, keeping it afloat in water.
  7. [Angling.]a piece of cork or other material for supporting a baited line in the water and indicating by its movements when a fish bites.
  8. an inflated organ that supports an animal in the water.
  9. a vehicle bearing a display, usually an elaborate tableau, in a parade or procession: Each class prepared a float for the football pageant.
  10. a glass of fruit juice or soft drink with one or more scoops of ice cream floating in it: a root-beer float.
  11. (esp. in the northeastern U.S.) a milk shake with one or more scoops of ice cream floating in it.
  12. paddle1 (def. 6).
  13. [Banking.]uncollected checks and commercial paper in process of transfer from bank to bank.
  14. the total amount of any cost-of-living or other variable adjustments added to an employee's pay or a retiree's benefits: a float of $6 per month on top of Social Security benefits.
  15. an act or instance of floating, as a currency on the foreign-exchange market.
    • a flat tool for spreading and smoothing plaster or stucco.
    • a tool for polishing marble.
  16. a single-cut file of moderate smoothness.
  17. a loose-fitting, sometimes very full dress without a waistline.
  18. (in weaving and knitting) a length of yarn that extends over several rows or stitches without being interworked.
  19. [Brit.]a sum of money used by a storekeeper to provide change for the till at the start of a day's business.
  20. [Brit.]a small vehicle, usually battery powered, used to make deliveries, as of milk.
  21. a low-bodied dray for transporting heavy goods.
    • loose fragments of rock, ore, etc., that have been moved from one place to another by the action of wind, water, etc.
    • ore that has been washed downhill from an orebody and is found lying on the surface of the ground.
    • any mineral in suspension in water.
  22. Usually,  floats. [Brit. Theat.]footlights.

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