floorfloor1 /flɔː $ flɔːr/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1in a buildingDHHTTB the flat surface that you stand on inside a buildinga polished wooden floora puddle of water on the kitchen floora warehouse that has 410,000 square feet of floor space2in a car British EnglishTTC the part of a car that forms its inside floorSYN floorboard American English3level in buildingTBB one of the levels in a buildinga ground floor flaton the top/first/tenth etc floorOur office is on the top floor.floor ofWe are located on the seventh floor of the building.4ocean/forest/cave floor etcBOTTOM the ground at the bottom of the ocean, the forest etccreatures that live on the ocean floor5for dancingAPDTBB an area in a room where people can danceThere were two or three couples already on the dance floor.take (to) the floor (=begin dancing)Everyone took to the floor for the last waltz.6where people workTBBAREA a large area in a building where a lot of people do their jobsHe wasn’t keen on the idea of working on the shop floor (=the part of a factory where people make things using machines).the busy trading floor (=area where stocks and shares are bought and sold)7limitPELIMIT an officially agreed limit below which something cannot go → ceilingManufacturers have tried to put a floor under the price of their products.8 →the floor9 →take the floor10 →have the floor11 →go through the floorCOLLOCATIONSverbsclean the floorNext he had to clean the floor.wash/mop the floorThe floor needs mopping.sweep the floorHe grabbed a broom and began sweeping the floor.wax/polish the floorI washed and waxed the kitchen floor.sit/lie/sleep on the floorOfficers found her lying face down on the floor.fall/drop/sink to the floorHe let his cigarette fall to the floor.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + floorthe bathroom/kitchen/bedroom etc floorI’ve still got to clean the bathroom floor.a wooden floorThe hut had a muddy wooden floor.a marble floorHe strode across the marble floor.a tiled floorThere were a couple of oriental rugs on the tiled floor.a carpeted floorBarbara was sitting on the carpeted floor.a bare floor (=not covered by anything)Father Murphy led me to a tiny room with a bare floor and a simple bed.floor + NOUNfloor tiles (=flat square pieces of clay or other material, used to cover floors)When you buy floor tiles, always get a few extra.floor polishThe room smelt of floor polish.a floor covering (=a material, such as carpet, that covers a floor)A carpet fitter can fit floor coverings quickly and inexpensively.floor space (=a measure of how big a room or building is, based on the size of the floor)The shop has 33,000 square feet of floor space.THESAURUSfloor one of the levels in a buildingShe lives in an apartment on the eighteenth floor.storey British English, story American English used when saying how many levels a building hasa five-storey car parkThe school is a single storey building.the ground floor (also the first floor American English) the floor of a building that is at ground levelThere is a shop on the ground floor.The emergency room is on the first floor.the first floor British English, the second floor American English the floor of a building above the one at ground levelShe lives on the first floor.deck one of the levels on a ship, bus, or planeThe Horizon Lounge is on the top deck of the ship.
floorfloor2 verb [transitive]1SURPRISEDto surprise or shock someone so much that they do not know what to say or doA couple of the questions completely floored me.2DSOHITto hit someone so hard that they fall downHe was floored in the first round of the fight.3American English informalTTCFAST/QUICK to make a car go as fast as possibleI got into the car and floored it.→ See Verb table
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floor• He was an administrator, not an astronomer, and that question had always floored him.• Just put it in a really low gear and floor it.• We were floored that so many people came.• She floored the Audi and took off.• The championfloored Watson with a singlepunch.floored it• The other cars crowded in and Williams floored it.From King Business DictionaryLBED_13_afloorfloor /flɔːflɔːr/ noun [countable]1FINANCE the lowest EXCHANGE RATE a currency is permitted to fall toTraders were buying Argentine pesos at prices well belowthe currency’s floor against the dollar. → compareceiling2ECONOMICS a level below which prices, wages etc are not allowed to fallThe agreement might also act as a floor to wages during the recession.Quarterlyprice floors were established for Japanese commodities. → compareCAP3dealing/trading/exchange floorFINANCE the part of a financial market where shares, COMMODITIES (=oils, metals, farm products) etc are bought and sold. In American English, only trading floor and exchange floor are used, not dealing floorHe eventually took responsibility for running the dealing floor.Any business done by a member ‘under the rules’ is treated as exchange business, even where this takes place away from the exchange floor.4the floor American EnglishFINANCE a dealing, trading, or exchange floor5the floor the place where a public meeting or discussion happens, or the people who attend itAt the meeting, the administration were recommended by the floor to reconsider the deal they had earlier rejected.6get in on the ground floor British English, get in on the first floor American English if you get in on the ground floor, you get involved in a business activity when it beginsThe scope for an entrepreneur to get in on the ground floor and turn petrol stations into shops was obvious to those with an eye for business.7shop/factory floorMANUFACTURING used to refer to the workers who make the goods in a factorythe union’s influence on the factory floorHe’d moved up from shop floor worker to production manager.8the shop floorMANUFACTURING the area in a factory where the ordinary workers do their workThe chairwoman started her working life on the shop floor.Originfloor1Old Englishflor