free-floating

adjective free-float·ing \ ˈfrē-ˈflō-tiŋ \

Definition of free-floating

1 a : floating freely
  • free-floating vegetation
b : lacking specific attachment, direction, or purpose
  • free-floating ideas
2 : felt as an emotion without apparent cause
  • free-floating anxiety

First Known Use of free-floating

1815

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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FREE-FLOATING Defined for English Language Learners

free-floating

Definition of free-floating for English Language Learners

  • : not connected or attached to anything : not directed at or caused by anything specific


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free-floating

adjective free-float·ing \ ˈfrē-ˈflōt-iŋ \

medical Definition of free-floating

: felt as an emotion without apparent cause
  • free-floating anxiety

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