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 In New York, Aqua Ark is developing a proposal for a floating farm in the Bronx and answering a request for proposals for a floating swim facility on the East River. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Developer shares second, scaled-down vision for potential promenade on Hartford’s riverfront," 4 Dec. 2019 Caliban’s mother, Sycorax (Anne Flowers), engages Prospera in drenching combat and winds up a floating corpse. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Synetic’s ‘Tempest’ is splashy but brooding," 8 Oct. 2019 But the interior delivered a dose of visual drama via a multi-level atrium outfitted with a seemingly floating stair. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Magnificent Mile? Our architecture critic says some of the street’s retail flagships only merit a ‘meh’," 12 Nov. 2019 The scientists say that more research is needed about how floating-points arithmetic could be damaging computational science. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Computers Suck at Creating Chaos," 30 Sep. 2019 The most visible and disturbing change has come at sea, where summer sea ice—the floating expanse that covers much of the Arctic Ocean during the region’s brief thaw—has been disappearing at an astonishing rate. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 The floating dock had been clamped onto the top of a groin wall. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Michigan’s high levels are creating challenges for Highland Park boaters," 11 July 2019 The upper levels, accessed by a sweeping, floating staircase, boast a lofted lounge and two master suites. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Alicia Keys gets into the La Jolla state of mind," 14 Sep. 2019 The annual floating festival of boats and barges draws hundreds of people each summer to a remote estuary in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "‘Facebook-topia’: Why we may soon live on corporate island-nations," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

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“Floating.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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


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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