floor - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the flat area that you walk on inside a building or room

    We were sitting on the floor watching TV.

    1. a.
      a flat area for dancing

      He invited me onto the dance floor.

      take (to) the floor (=start dancing):

      They were the first couple to take the floor.

      hit the floor (=start dancing):

      Harry hit the floor as soon as the band started playing.

  2. 2
    [countable] one of the levels in a building

    The toilets are on the floor below.

    a first-floor flat

    on the ground/first/second/top floor:

    The toy department is on the second floor.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] the ground at the bottom of a natural structure or area
    floor of:

    The floor of the cave was slippery.

    forest/ocean/valley floor:

    a map of the ocean floor

  4. 4
    [singular] a place where discussions or debates take place, especially in a parliament

    There were angry exchanges on the floor of the House of Commons.

    take the floor (=start talking in a discussion or debate):

    The chairman took the floor.

    have the floor (=be speaking in a discussion or debate):

    Excuse me, Mr Gregory, but Ms Barnes has the floor.

    1. a.
      the audience at a public discussion or debate

      The speaker will now take questions from the floor.

  5. 5
    [countable] business an area where shares in companies are bought and sold

    the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

  6. 6
    [singular] business the lowest level that an amount is allowed to reach

    A floor was established below which workerswages would not fall.