floating island

noun

Definition of floating island

: a dessert consisting of custard with floating masses of beaten egg whites

Examples of floating island in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A century ago Ellesmere’s northern coast had one 8,600 square km shelf, a floating island of ice driven onto shore some 4,000 years ago. The Economist, "A shortened shelf life Canada’s last intact ice shelf breaks up," 15 Aug. 2020 It's believed the prehistoric Ucayalipithecus monkeys made the more than 900-mile trip across the Atlantic (a narrower ocean at the time) on floating islands of vegetation that broke off from coastlines, possibly during a tropical storm. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Crew of prehistoric monkeys rafted across the Atlantic to South America," 9 Apr. 2020 These disparate cultures are warring over a bountiful resource that has been discovered in floating islands named Cloudspires. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Cloudspire: a $130 MOBA for your tabletop?," 8 Feb. 2020 In proof-of-concept trials in 2018 and 2019, respectively, Purnell and his team built two such floating islands at Port Phillip Bay and the Hunter Estuary, both in Australia, where the shorebirds arrive at one end of their migration. Priyanka Runwal, Scientific American, "Repurposed Oyster Farm Bags Offer New Real Estate for Migratory Birds," 4 Mar. 2020 Blobs of melted cheese on a margherita collide like floating islands. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "The pizzeria in ‘Eat Pray Love’ has a new Hollywood knockoff. It’s a flop.," 11 July 2019 More like floating islands, vegetation mats as big as baseball infields have occasionally been spotted by sailors on the high seas. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 Even if the actual floating islands are some time away, this proposal would initiate the development. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "They want to create floating islands to convert sunlight into energy. Here's how they'd work," 17 June 2019 Most recently, Fortnite was invaded by the mysterious cube, which slowly rolled across the map, and eventually created a floating island. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite’s mysterious cube is gone, leaving behind a brand new location," 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of floating island

1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Floating island.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating%20island. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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