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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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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Develop recreational amenities including a floating stage for concerts, a park with a ropes course and additional launch points for canoes and kayaks. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The future of the White River is in your hands. Here's what you need to know.," 4 June 2019 The AvoSeedo is a small, floating bowl with an open middle, so the pit stays sufficiently wet at all times. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The "AvoSeedo" Is the Cutest and Easiest Way to Grow an Avocado Tree at Home," 21 Feb. 2019 The waste was then recycled into 28 floating hexagonal blocks that are bolted together to create little floating islands that can be used as seating for visitors or plant beds for growing greens. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic," 16 July 2018 Cow parsley got a pass because of its irresistible floating clouds of umbels, but we were instructed to cut its numbers in half. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 There'll also be a green energy unit costing $60,000 (but way to go, being eco-friendly!), fireplaces, staircases, and a floating floor, which just means material that's not nailed to the subfloor underneath. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Renovations Have Started on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Home, and It's Going to Get Pricey," 13 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, in-game, the cube toppled itself into Loot Lake, turning the entire body of water into an elastic purple trampoline in preparation of season 6, which launched roughly a week later and brought with it enormous floating islands in the sky. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 The floating device appeared to be drifting away in the water behind his home. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Florida crocodile spotted using pool noodle to cross canal," 22 Aug. 2018 What: Choose from 3-day and 4-day adventures aboard the floating base camp of National Geographic's Seabird. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 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
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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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