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 Up started life as a film about a pair of alien princes living in a floating city; A Bug’s Life was completely rewritten nine months before its release. Amit Katwala, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 Putin’s flamboyant fleet served as unregulated floating embassies, offering Russians instant respectability, good security, and access to all the types of people Russia needed to make good things happen for the Russian state. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The lake will also host America's largest floating water park, a fresh alternative to the town's 20 other water parks, without sacrificing the adrenaline-inducing offerings. Kristine Hansen, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2022 Lithuania also signed a deal with Norway’s Statoil (now Equinor) to buy 0.54 bcm of gas every year, and rented the Independence, an LNG carrier turned floating storage facility, from a Norwegian firm at a cost of more than $100,000 a day. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2022 Heighway said Audubon marveled at the squirrel’s ability to cross the Ohio and Hudson Rivers during one of the stampedes, by swimming or latching onto floating objects. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2022 This historic park dates back to 1867 and features the Sunlite Pool, water slides, a floating obstacle course, paddle boats, mini-golf and more. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 11 Mar. 2022 The 60-second ad featured a floating and colorful QR code bouncing around the screen, similar to a bouncing DVD logo. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 Case in point: University of South Florida optical oceanographer Chuanmin Hu and his colleagues have worked out ways of spotting aggregations of small floating objects, such as shrimp eggs, algae, and herring spawn, from space. Saima Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Floating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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



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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