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Definition of Floating

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resting on liquid or air, buoyed by liquid or air; moving lightly from place to place; not fixed, not permanent
resting or moving on liquid or air
stay on the surface of a liquid; drift; vacillate; cause to float, set afloat; flood; hover; establish; sell stock
Floating Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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\float"ing\, n. the process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also fattening, plumping, and laying out. [
\float"ing\, a.
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 floating capital had been withdrawn in great masses from the island.
anchor (naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
battery (mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the bombardment of a place.
bridge. (a) a bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau bridge. see bateau. (b) (mil.) a kind of double bridge, the upper one projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort. (c) a kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by means of chains which are anchored on each side of a stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels being driven by stream power. (d) the landing platform of a ferry dock.
cartilage (med.), a cartilage which moves freely in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the functions of the latter.
dam. (a) an anchored dam. (b) a caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
derrick, a derrick on a float for river and harbor use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor improvements, etc.
dock. (naut.) see under dock.
harbor, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships riding at anchor to leeward.
heart (bot.), a small aquatic plant (limnanthemum lacunosum) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water of american ponds.
island, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
kidney. (med.) see wandering kidney, under wandering.
light, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy or floating stage.
liver. (med.) see wandering liver, under wandering.
pier, a landing stage or pier which rises and falls with the tide.
ribs (anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which are not connected with the others in front; in man they are the last two pairs.
screed (plastering), a strip of plastering first laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the coat.
threads (weaving), threads which span several other threads without being interwoven with them, in a woven fabric.
\float"ing\ (?), n. 1. (weaving) floating threads. see floating threads, above.
2. the second coat of three-coat plastering.
1. hanging or moving freely in air; "floating thistledown"; "floating banners"
2. borne up by or suspended in a liquid; "the ship is still floating"; "floating logs"; "floating seaweed"
3. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties" [syn: aimless, drifting, vagabond, vagrant]

4. inclined to move or be moved about; "a floating crap
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
floating point: snámhphointe
English Phonetics
WordNet 2.0

1. the act of someone who floats on the water
(hypernym) swimming, swim
(hyponym) dead-man's float, prone float
(derivation) float, swim

1. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"
(synonym) aimless, drifting, vagabond, vagrant
(similar) unsettled
2. inclined to move or be moved about; "a floating crap game"
(similar) mobile
3. (of a part of the body) not firmly connected; movable or out of normal position; "floating ribs are not connected with the sternum"; "a floating kidney"
(synonym) floating(a)
(similar) unfixed
4. not definitely committed to a party or policy; "floating voters"
(synonym) floating(a)
(similar) uncommitted
5. borne up by or suspended in a liquid; "the ship is still floating"; "floating logs"; "floating seaweed"
(similar) afloat(p)

1. the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
(hypernym) time interval, interval
2. the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
(hypernym) stock
3. a drink with ice cream floating in it
(synonym) ice-cream soda, ice-cream float
(hypernym) drink
(hyponym) root beer float
4. an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
(hypernym) display, presentation
5. a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
(synonym) plasterer's float
(hypernym) hand tool
6. something that remains on the surface of a liquid
(hypernym) artifact, artefact
(hyponym) bob, bobber, cork, bobfloat

1. be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
(synonym) drift, be adrift, blow
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) waft
2. be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
(synonym) swim
(antonym) sink, settle, go down, go under
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) buoy
(derivation) floating
3. set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
(hypernym) transport
(hyponym) tide
4. circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
(hypernym) test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay
5. move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) ride
(verb-group) drift, be adrift, blow
6. put into the water; "float a ship"
(hypernym) launch
7. make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"
(hypernym) smooth, smoothen
(classification) masonry
8. allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
(hypernym) value
9. convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
(hypernym) convert, change over
Floating Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of floating, denotes that you will victoriously overcome obstacles which are seemingly overwhelming you. If the water is muddy your victories will not be gratifying.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Dream Symbols
See flying 
Floating Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Floating may refer to:
  • a type of dental work performed on horse teeth
  • use of an isolation tank
  • the guitar-playing technique where chords are sustained rather than scratched

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Floating Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
The state of being buoyed up by the water from the ground.
Floating Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
To disconnect from ground.
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american horse racing dictionary
Flat plate or wooden implement (float) dragged over the surface of a wet track to aid in draining water.