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Float may refer to:

Common usage[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]






Finance and economics[edit]

  • Float (money supply)
  • Float, the act of moving a currency to a floating exchange rate
  • Cash float, the money in a cash register needed at the beginning of a business day in order to give change to customers
  • Public float, the total number of shares publicly owned and available for trading, after subtracting restricted shares from the total outstanding shares
  • Stock market float, an initial public offering (IPO), particularly in British English
  • Insurance float, investable funds collected from premiums but not paid out in claims


  • Fishing float, a bite indicator used in angling
  • Fishing net float, small floats attached along one side of the net so that it hangs vertically in the water
  • Glass float, a type of large float used to keep fishing nets or droplines afloat


  • Float (oceanography), an oceanographic instrument platform
  • Float voltage, an external electric potential required to keep a battery fully charged
  • Float (geology) is a rock fragment that is not directly connected to an underlying or nearby outcrop or formation.[1]


  • Float (liquid level), a fluid-level indicator used in process engineering and plumbing
  • Float (woodworking), a tool used to cut, flatten and/or smooth wood via abrasion
  • Concrete float, a finishing tool for smoothing wet concrete surfaces
  • Float, a rasp-like tool sporting sharp cutting teeth, sometimes used on horse teeth


  • Float (horse-drawn), a form of two-wheeled horse-drawn cart with a low loadbed
  • Float (nautical), an external, buoyant section of a water vessel (such as a pontoon boat or floatplane)
  • Float (parade), a decorated vehicle or moving platform, could be animal- or man-drawn or motorized, used in a festive parade
  • Float shifting or "floating gears", the practice of shifting gears on a manual transmission without using the clutch
  • Milk float, a small battery electric vehicle specifically designed for the delivery of fresh milk
  • Valve float, a condition of an internal combustion engine

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