[ floh-ting ]
/ ˈfloʊ tɪŋ /
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being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
having little or no attachment to a particular place; moving from one place to another: a floating workforce.
Pathology. away from its proper position, especially in a downward direction: a floating kidney.
not fixed or settled in a definite place or state: a floating population.
  1. in circulation or use, or not permanently invested, as capital.
  2. composed of sums due within a short time: a floating debt.
  1. having a soft suspension greatly reducing vibrations between the suspended part and its support.
  2. working smoothly.



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Origin of floating

First recorded in 1555–65; float + -ing2


float·ing·ly, adverbnon·float·ing, adjectivenon·float·ing·ly, adverbun·float·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for floating

/ (ˈfləʊtɪŋ) /


having little or no attachment
(of an organ or part) displaced from the normal position or abnormally movablea floating kidney
not definitely attached to one place or policy; uncommitted or unfixedthe floating vote
  1. (of capital) not allocated or invested; available for current use
  2. (of debt) short-term and unfunded, usually raised by a government or company to meet current expenses
  3. (of a currency) free to fluctuate against other currencies in accordance with market forces
machinery operating smoothly through being free from external constraints
(of an electronic circuit or device) not connected to a source of voltage

Derived forms of floating

floatingly, adverb
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Medical definitions for floating

[ flōtĭng ]


Completely or partially unattached.
Out of the normal position; unduly movable. Used of certain organs such as the kidney.
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