1. One that floats or is capable of floating.
2. One who wanders; a drifter.
3. An employee who is reassigned from job to job or shift to shift within an operation.
4. One who votes illegally in different polling places.
5. An insurance policy that protects movable property in transit or regularly subject to use in varying places.
6. Slang A corpse found floating in a body of water.
7. A deposit of material in the vitreous humor of the eye, usually consisting of aggregations of cells or proteins that have detached from the retina, perceived as a spot or thread in the visual field.
8. A knuckleball.
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