- in circulation or use, or not permanently invested, as capital.
- composed of sums due within a short time: a floating debt.
- having a soft suspension greatly reducing vibrations between the suspended part and its support.
- working smoothly.
Origin of floating
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- a flat tool for spreading and smoothing plaster or stucco.
- a tool for polishing marble.
- loose fragments of rock, ore, etc., that have been moved from one place to another by the action of wind, water, etc.
- ore that has been washed downhill from an orebody and is found lying on the surface of the ground.
- any mineral in suspension in water.
Origin of float
Synonyms for float
Related Words for floatingsoaring, light, loose, free, hollow, volatile, inflated, swimming, wafting, sailing, unattached, unsubstantial, unsinkable
Examples from the Web for floating
Contemporary Examples of floating
The last time there was a raid of this scale was in 2001, when 52 men were arrested on Queen Boat, a floating disco on the Nile.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
The fore and aft have beautiful decks carved into them, and windows from various rooms too: it looks like a floating Apple device.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
The boat—this floating church of Morrissey, this Lusitanian of sadness—is sold out.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
September 10, 2014
Within three days floating wreckage is spotted, and within two weeks 640 pieces of debris and 50 bodies are recovered.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
Floating in the fog of privilege, all sorts of voguish developments in language control bypassed me.Warning: This Column Will Offend You
April 28, 2014
Historical Examples of floating
Five men were floating about in a boat in the Southern ocean.Brave and Bold
For—for some time I've been floating, and now I've got a home.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The sky-light-hood had been thrown overboard, and was floating in the ship's wake.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Brigit threw a question over her shoulder to the floating mist of gold.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
When I reached the mainland again I had sworn that I had been floating.American Notes
- (of capital) not allocated or invested; available for current use
- (of debt) short-term and unfunded, usually raised by a government or company to meet current expenses
- (of a currency) free to fluctuate against other currencies in accordance with market forces
- to launch or establish (a commercial enterprise, etc)
- to offer for sale (stock or bond issues, etc) on the stock market
Word Origin for float
early 12c., "state of floating" (Old English flot meant "body of water"), from float (v.). Meaning "platform on wheels used for displays in parades, etc." is from 1888, probably from earlier sense of "flat-bottomed boat" (1550s). As a type of fountain drink, by 1915.
Float.--An ade upon the top of which is floated a layer of grape juice, ginger ale, or in some cases a disher of fruit sherbet or ice cream. In the latter case it would be known as a "sherbet float" or an "ice-cream float." ["The Dispenser's Formulary: Or, Soda Water Guide," New York, 1915]
Few soda water dispensers know what is meant by a "Float Ice Cream Soda." This is not strange since the term is a coined one. By a "float ice cream soda" is meant a soda with the ice cream floating on top, thus making a most inviting appearance and impressing the customer that you are liberal with your ice cream, when you are not really giving any more than the fellow that mixes his ice cream "out of sight." ["The Spatula," Boston, July, 1908]
late Old English flotian "to float" (class II strong verb; past tense fleat, past participle floten), from Proto-Germanic *flutojanan (cf. Old Norse flota, Middle Dutch vloten), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow" (see pluvial). Of motion through air, from 1630s. Related: Floated; floating.