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  1. Agent noun of float; one who floats.
  2. An employee of a company who does not have fixed tasks to do but fills in wherever needed, usually when someone else is away.
  3. A threadlike speck in the visual field that seems to move, possibly caused by degeneration of the vitreous humour.
  4. An "extra" male at a dinner party, or a young friend of the hostess, whose assignment is to entertain the female guests.
  5. (insurance) A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit.
  6. (police jargon) A floating corpse picked up from a body of water.
  7. (sports) An unaffiliated player.
  8. (surfing) A maneuver in which a surfer transitions above the unbroken face of the wave onto the lip, or on top of the breaking section of the wave.
  9. (vulgar) A piece of faeces that floats.
    2004: He left a floater in the toilet. — poetry critical workshop [1]
  10. (two-up) A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air.
    1998: In this section "floater" means a spin in which at least 1 of the coins does not turn over in the air at least once.Queensland government Casino Gaming Amendment Rule (No. 2) 1998 [2]
  11. Someone who attaches themselves to a group of people, much to the dismay of that group, and repeatedly shows up to participate in group activities despite attempts to get rid of, or “flush,” that person.

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