Definition of Floating

1. Noun. The act of someone who floats on the water.

Exact synonyms: Natation
Generic synonyms: Swim, Swimming
Specialized synonyms: Dead-man's Float, Prone Float
Derivative terms: Float

2. Adjective. Borne up by or suspended in a liquid. "Floating seaweed"
Similar to: Afloat

3. Adjective. Continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another. "Vagrant hippies of the sixties"
Exact synonyms: Aimless, Drifting, Vagabond, Vagrant
Similar to: Unsettled
Derivative terms: Aimlessness, Vagabond, Vagabond, Vagrancy, Vagrant

4. Adjective. Inclined to move or be moved about. "A floating crap game"
Similar to: Mobile

5. Adjective. (of a part of the body) not firmly connected; movable or out of normal position. "A floating kidney"
Similar to: Unfixed

6. Adjective. Not definitely committed to a party or policy. "Floating voters"
Similar to: Uncommitted

Definition of Floating

1. a. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air.

2. n. Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.

3. n. The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also fattening, plumping, and laying out.

Definition of Floating

1. Adjective. That which floats or float. ¹

2. Adjective. Not fixed in position, opinion etc.; free to move or drift. ¹

3. Adjective. (linguistics of a tone) that is not attached to any consonant or vowel within its morpheme. ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of float) ¹

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Definition of Floating

1. float [v] - See also: float

Medical Definition of Floating

1. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. 3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as, floating capital; a floating debt. "Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been withdrawn in great masses from the island. " (Macaulay) Floating anchor See Dock. Floating harbor, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships riding at anchor to leeward. Floating heart, threads which span several other threads without being interwoven with them, in a woven fabric. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Floating

floating (current term)
floating-point notation
floating-point number
floating-point operation
floating-point representation system
floating-point unit
floating-point units
floating bridge
floating cartilage
floating dock
floating dry dock
floating feeling
floating fern

Literary usage of Floating

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biennial Report by Vermont Public Service Commission (1856)
"floating debt now, nothing. Total of funded and floating debt, ... Avei age rate of interest on floating debt, The balance of the cost of the road and ..."

2. Annals of Botany by IDEAL (Project) (1888)
"On the floating-Roots of Sesbania aculeata, Pers. BY DH SCOTT, MA, Ph. D., FLS, Assistant Professor in Botany at the Normal School of Science, ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Following this was a description of a floating caisson, or coffer-dam, with all the details of its construction, and also of guide piles, with a mode for ..."

4. Universal Geography: Or a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New by Conrad Malte-Brun (1824)
"In the general history of lakes, floating islands occupy a great space in the writings of some geographers. But when, on the one hand, we consider how many ..."

5. Report by Colorado, Division of Finance, Dept. of Finances and Taxation (1908)
"30, floating INDEBTEDNESS. General revenue warrants outstanding ... Gross floating and bonded debt of the state ..."

6. Observations of a Naturalist in the Pacific Between 1896 and 1899 by Henry Brougham Guppy (1906)
"THE tendency of the floating seed or fruit to germinate in the estuaries of tropical rivers is especially characteristic of the plants of the ..."

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