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What's a floor discussion in the following sentence?

Promptness is necessary so that, by the time the Conference opens, your material will have been compiled for use in a report, a panel discussion, a workshop, a floor discussion, or a committee agenda item.

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    Never heard this. Sounds like jargon. Even as a native speaker, I'd have to guess the meaning. Perhaps it means an open discussion to all members of some organization, not just a private panel. Nov 24, 2015 at 12:41
  • @SenjougaharaHitagi You mean it may mean a kind of discussion which takes place at the floor of, say for example, a conference?
    – Ali Erfani
    Nov 24, 2015 at 12:45

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The definition of floor that you're looking for is

5 c : the members of an assembly
(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor)

You will see this used a lot in phrases like "the Senate floor" or "we would like to open the floor for questions".

So a floor discussion is one between all of the members of the conference.

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A panel discussion is a discussion where only panelists discuss issues in a conference.

I think "floor discussion" is used to to mean Question and Answer (Q&A)" sessions where panelists and participants can discuss issues openly. This link is about a book whose subtitle is Floor Discussion of "Regulatory Priorities for... Reform" and it lists "presenter", "participants", "discussant in another session", and "chair".

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