# JavaScript » Functions » parseFloat

Syntax:
parseFloat(string)

The top-level function, parseFloat, finds the first number in a string.

The function determines if the first character in the string argument is a number, parses the string from left to right until it reaches the end of the number, discards any characters that occur after the end of the number, and finally returns the number as a number (not as a string).

Only the first number in the string is returned, regardless of how many other numbers occur in the string.

## Examples

##### Code:
document.write("<BR>" + parseFloat("50"))
document.write("<BR>" + parseFloat("50.12345"))
document.write("<BR>" + parseFloat("32.00000000"))
document.write("<BR>" + parseFloat("71.348  92.218  95.405"))
document.write("<BR>" + parseFloat("37 aardvarks"))
document.write("<BR>" + parseFloat("Awarded the best wine of 1999"))
50
50.12345
32.00000000
71.348
37
NaN
##### Explanation:

If the first character in the string is not a number, the function returns the Not-a-Number value NaN.

##### Code:
cost = "\$99.88"
CheckNum = parseFloat(cost)
if(isNaN(CheckNum))
{
document.write("<BR>Sorry, CheckNum is a NaN")
document.write("<BR>Left-most character = " + cost.substring(0,1))
}
##### Output:
Sorry, CheckNum is a NaN
Left-most character = \$
##### Explanation:

You can use the isNaN function to see if the returned value is a NaN.