- 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.
- float bowl,
- float bridge,
- float chamber,
- float glass,
- float off
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
Examples from the Web for 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|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The boat—this floating church of Morrissey, this Lusitanian of sadness—is sold out.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey|Michael Moynihan|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Clive Irving|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Floating in the fog of privilege, all sorts of voguish developments in language control bypassed me.
At length we returned to our vessel, which had triumphantly fought the wind and floating trees.Strange True Stories of Louisiana|George Washington Cable
He did not strike out immediately for the boat, but directed his course towards the floating oar.The Associate Hermits|Frank R. Stockton
We rounded the terrible headland, and were floating at ease that evening on the glassy surface of Loch Erribol.Memoirs of Life and Literature|W. H. Mallock
Many bodies were floating in the Danube and the Save; we heard that two of our Marines were killed and several wounded.My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915|Monica M. Stanley
Papa's company is paid by all the others to do the floating down stream and the sorting out.The Adventures of Bobby Orde|Stewart Edward White
- (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.