Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A section of a building between horizontal planes. Lowell v. Strahan, 145 Mass. 1, 12 N. D. 401, 1 Am. St Rep. 422. A term used metaphorically, in parliamentary practice, to denote the exclusive right to address the body in session. A thember who has bcen recognized by the Chairman, and who is in order, is said to have the floor," until his remarks are concluded. Similarly, the "floor of the house" means the main part of the hall where the membsrs sit, as distinguished from the gui-leries, or from the corridors or lobbies. In England, the floor of a court is that part bstween the judge's bench and the front row of counsel. Litigants appearing in person. in the high court or court of appeal, are supposed to address the court from the floor.