from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Buoyed on or suspended in or as if in a fluid.
- adj. Not secured in place; unattached.
- adj. Inclined to move or be moved about: a floating meeting; floating crap games.
- adj. Economics Available for use; in circulation. Used of capital.
- adj. Economics Short-term and usually unfunded. Used of a debt.
- adj. Designed or constructed to operate smoothly and without vibration.
- adj. Of or relating to an organ of the body that is movable or out of normal position: a floating kidney.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That which floats or float.
- adj. Not fixed in position, opinion etc.; free to move or drift.
- adj. that is not attached to any consonant or vowel within its morpheme.
- v. Present participle of float.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air.
- adj. Free or lose from the usual attachment.
- adj. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined
- n. Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.
- n. The second coat of three-coat plastering.
- n. The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also fattening, plumping, and laying out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of supporting one's self, or the state of being supported or borne, on the surface of water or other liquid; flotation.
- n. In agriculture, the flooding or overflowing of meadow-lands.
- n. The spreading of stucco or plaster on the surface of walls, etc.; also, the second coat of three-coat plastering-work.
- n. A method of obtaining pigments and other materials in a very finely divided state.
- n. In electrotyping, the process of filling lowspaced forms of type with liquid plaster up to the shoulders of the type, and brushing off the superfluous plaster after it is dry, preparatory to taking a mold.
- n. In weaving, a thread of weft which floats, spans, or crosses on the top of several warped threads. See flushing, 1.
- n. The method or practice of hunting game by approaching it with a boat at night; fire-hunting; shining; jacking.
- Borne on the surface of the water or other liquid, or on the air: as, a floating leaf; floating islands.
- Not fixed or settled in a definite state or place; fluctuating: as, floating population.
- Free; disconnected; unattached: as, the floating ribs in some fishes.
- In finance: Composed of sums of varying amount due at different but specified dates; unfunded: as, a large floating debt.
- Not fixed or definitely invested; not appropriated to any fixed permanent investment, as in lands, buildings, machinery, etc., but ready to be used as occasion demands; in circulation or use: as, floating capital (opposed to fixed capital). See capital.
- n. The process of fattening oysters and scallops by placing them in fresh or brackish water, thus causing the tissues to become distended. See float, n., 1 , and float, v. t., 3. Also known as fattening, laying out, and plumping.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
- adj. (of a part of the body) not firmly connected; movable or out of normal position
- adj. borne up by or suspended in a liquid
- n. the act of someone who floats on the water
- adj. not definitely committed to a party or policy
- adj. inclined to move or be moved about
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