float·ing | \ˈflō-tiŋ \

Definition of floating 

1 : buoyed on or in a fluid

2 : located out of the normal position a floating kidney

3a : continually drifting or changing position the floating population

b : not presently committed or invested floating capital

c : short-term and usually not funded floating debt

d : having no fixed value or rate floating currencies floating interest rates

4 : connected or constructed so as to operate and adjust smoothly a floating axle

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Synonyms & Antonyms for floating




sinking, sunk

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Examples of floating in a Sentence

the wreckage remained floating for hours

Recent Examples on the Web

Greater Houston Off Road Biking Association volunteers will gather from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to reinstall the floating bridge in Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock. Terry St. John, Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston athletic activities listings: July 13-15," 11 July 2018 The growing interest in acrylic is perfectly, er, clear: Searches for acrylic decor have increased by 50 percent on Pinterest, and the material is quickly appearing on everything from modern tables to chic floating frames. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "7 Best Spring Home Decor Trends To Refresh Your Home," 22 Feb. 2017 Lake Travis is already among the favorite spots for Texans to cool off from the summer heat, but thanks to a colorful, floating water park, the lake is about to get a lot more popular. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Floating water park opening on Lake Travis just in time for the peak of summer," 25 June 2018 Does inflating the balloon a little bit change the floating behavior of the bottle? Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Floating with a Swim Bladder," 5 July 2018 During Beyoncé and Jay-Z's On The Run II tour stop in Warsaw, Poland, the floating stage that held the couple aloft during the show's final songs appeared to malfunction. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Beyoncé shown stranded on floating stage in apparent concert mishap in Poland," 2 July 2018 The floating stage had a malfunction and got stuck at the end of the show so Beyoncé had to use an emergency ladder in order to leave. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Beyoncé Stranded on Floating Stage During Concert," 2 July 2018 The 10 of them quietly explored their floating digs in the twilight, dispersing in parties of two or three into the belly of the ship, looking for adventure. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 2018 Today the USS Pueblo is tied up at Pyongyang’s Victorious War Museum, a floating symbol of American defeat. Richard Miniter, WSJ, "Remember the Pueblo, Mr. President," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of floating

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to floating

floating on air

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The first known use of floating was in 1600

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English Language Learners Definition of floating

: continually moving or changing position

: having no fixed value or rate

: not associated with a particular political party : not certain to vote for a particular candidate or party in an election


float·ing | \ˈflōt-iŋ \

Medical Definition of floating 

: located out of the normal position or abnormally movable a floating kidney



Legal Definition of floating 

1 : not presently committed or invested floating capital

2 : short-term and usually not funded floating debt

3 : having no fixed value or rate floating currencies floating interest rates

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