floating

adjective
float·​ing | \ ˈflō-tiŋ How to pronounce floating (audio) \

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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Examples of floating in a Sentence

the wreckage remained floating for hours
Recent Examples on the Web Until all three problems are fixed, the carrier’s ability to act as a floating weapon of war is greatly compromised. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "America’s Newest Carrier Isn't Very Good at Actually Being a Carrier," 12 Jan. 2021 The sector obtained funding and built a 16-foot-tall floating fence across 12 miles of the dunes. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "In western Arizona, over a hundred miles of new border wall is getting results," 26 Oct. 2020 Each table held oversized tropical flowers that sat high above each guest, and there was a floating floor surrounded by large lotus flowers. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding Doubled as a Tour of Thailand, From Chiang Mai to Phuket," 30 Oct. 2020 In July 2020, the Baylander took on yet another mission, the couple learned, when it was transformed into a floating, outdoor restaurant. New York Times, "They Needed a Place to Marry. Suddenly Their Ship Came In.," 23 Aug. 2020 The official, requesting anonymity citing department rules, said the official was wearing a life jacket on a small floating object when he was found in North Korean waters. Hyung-jin-kim, USA TODAY, "North Korea kills missing South Korean official found near disputed boundary, Seoul says," 24 Sep. 2020 For example, with a floating laminate floor, the condition of the subfloor won’t really matter. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Building a Solid Foundation," 14 Sep. 2020 For example, with a floating laminate floor, the condition of the subfloor won’t really matter. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "Building a Solid Foundation," 14 Sep. 2020 Police spotted a floating casino that came unmoored and hit a bridge. Melinda Deslatte, Star Tribune, "Laura thrashes Louisiana, nearby states face tornado threats," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of floating

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of floating was in 1600

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1 Feb 2021

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“Floating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for floating

floating

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of floating

: continually moving or changing position
: having no fixed value or rate
British : not associated with a particular political party : not certain to vote for a particular candidate or party in an election

floating

adjective
float·​ing | \ ˈflōt-iŋ How to pronounce floating (audio) \

Medical Definition of floating

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

floating

adjective
float·​ing

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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