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floor  

  ( floors    plural & 3rd person present)   ( flooring    present participle)   ( floored    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   Thefloor of a room is the part of it that you walk on.  
usu the N in sing  
Jack's sitting on the floor watching TV..., We painted the wooden floor with a white stain.     
2       n-count   A floor of a building is all the rooms that are on a particular level.  
usu supp N   (=storey)  
It is on the fifth floor of the hospital..., They occupied the first two floors of the tower.     
3       n-count   The ocean floor is the ground at the bottom of an ocean. The valley floor is the ground at the bottom of a valley.  
usu sing, with supp, oft n N  
4       n-count   The place where official debates and discussions are held, especially between members of parliament, is referred to as thefloor.  
usu the N in sing  
The issues were debated on the floor of the House.     
5       n-sing-coll   In a debate or discussion, the floor is the people who are listening to the arguments being put forward but who are not among the main speakers.  
the N  
The president is taking questions from the floor.     
6       n-count   Thefloor of a stock exchange is the large open area where trading is done.  
usu sing, with supp  
...the dealing floor at Standard Chartered Bank.     
7       n-count   Thefloor in a place such as a club or disco is the area where people dance.  
8       verb   If you are flooredby something, you are unable to respond to it because you are so surprised by it.  
usu passive  
He was floored by the announcement...      be V-ed  
He seemed floored by a string of scandals.      V-ed  
9   
    floored  
    flooring  
    dance floor  
    first floor  
    ground floor  
    shop floor  
10    If you take the floor, you start speaking in a debate or discussion. If you are given the floor, you are allowed to do this.  
take the floor      phrase   V inflects  
Ministers took the floor to denounce the decision to suspend constitutional rule..., Only members would be given the floor.     
11    If you take to the floor, you start dancing at a dance or disco.  
take to the floor      phrase   V inflects  
The happy couple and their respective parents took to the floor.     
12    If you say that prices or sales have fallen through the floor, you mean that they have suddenly decreased.  
through the floor      phrase   PHR after v  
Property prices have dropped through the floor...     
13    If you wipe the floor with someone, you defeat them completely in a competition or discussion.  
INFORMAL  
wipe the floor with someone      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He could wipe the floor with the Prime Minister.     
14   
    factory floor  


dance floor        ( dance floors    plural  ) , dancefloor   In a restaurant or night club, the dance floor is the area where people can dance.      n-count  
factory floor     
The factory floor refers to the workers in a factory, as opposed to the managers. It can also refer to the area where they work.      n-sing   the N  
He had worked on the factory floor for 16 years.     
first floor        ( first floors    plural  )
1       n-count   Thefirst floor of a building is the floor immediately above the one at ground level.  
  (BRIT)   usu the N in sing  
in AM, use second floor     
2       n-count   Thefirst floor of a building is the one at ground level.  
  (AM)   usu the N in sing  
in BRIT, use ground floor     
floor lamp        ( floor lamps    plural  ) A floor lamp is a tall electric light which stands on the floor in a living room.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use standard lamp     
floor show        ( floor shows    plural  ) , floorshow   A floor show is a series of performances by dancers, singers, or comedians at a night club.      n-count  
ground floor        ( ground floors    plural  ) Theground floor of a building is the floor that is level or almost level with the ground outside.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   usu the N in sing  
She showed him around the ground floor of the empty house..., Jenny now lives in a terraced ground floor flat.     
in AM, use first floor     
shop floor      , shop-floor, shopfloor  
The shop floor is used to refer to all the ordinary workers in a factory or the area where they work, especially in contrast to the people who are in charge.  
  (BRIT)      n-sing   oft N n  
Cost must be controlled, not just on the shop floor but in the boardroom too.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
o.
acronym for Rolling On Floor Laughing
Slang
n.
informal term used for describing a pile of clothes left on the floor
[Slang]

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