floating

adjective float·ing \ ˈflō-tiŋ \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of floating

1 : buoyed on or in a fluid
2 : located out of the normal position
  • a floating kidney
3 a : 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

Examples of floating in a Sentence

  1. the wreckage remained floating for hours

Recent Examples of floating from the Web

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First Known Use of floating

1600

floating Synonyms



FLOATING Defined for English Language Learners

floating

adjective

Definition of floating for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

floating

adjective float·ing \ ˈflōt-iŋ \

medical Definition of floating

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

Law Dictionary

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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