(=sum of money) fonds m de caisse
→ They noticed a five-pound note floating in the stream.
A leaf was floating on the water. Une feuille flottait sur l'eau.
[person] flotter, faire la planche
to float on the breeze flotter dans l'air
→ Music floated on the breeze to where I lay.
→ Sterling should be allowed to float.
[+currency] laisser flotter
→ a decision by the Finns to float their currency
to float a company on the stock market lancer une entreprise en Bourse
[+idea] lancer → The French floated the idea of placing the work in the hands of the UN.
→ There are a lot of weird ideas floating around at the moment.
→ There are still some unfounded fears floating around out there about cancer being contagious.
vi (on the breeze)
partir à la dérive
→ The feather floated away through the air.
→ The white cloud of smoke floated away
[+river, stream] descendre
→ A branch was floating down the river.
(=seaplane) hydravion m
n (British) camionnette f de laitier