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

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If the floating homes aren’t available, Amansara can customize day trips on its beautiful wooden boat. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 The show will follow the inhabitants of Colossus, a massive floating base located on an ocean planet. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Meet the pilots of Star Wars Resistance in a new featurette," 14 Sep. 2018 Other details of note include a floating staircase, wood paneling, and a stone fireplace that acts as the centerpiece of the main living space. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "’70s weekend home built by developer John Tishman asks $1.3M," 20 July 2018 Roughly 34,000 square feet, the nine-bedroom spec mansion has a Portuguese limestone facade, a double-height entry and a floating staircase. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Bel-Air Homes Duel to Become America’s Most Expensive," 17 July 2018 Eventually, prolonged bleeding from damaged retinal blood vessels can cause floating spots in a person’s vision, which may or may not clear up then reappear. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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