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float·ing

 (flō′tĭng)
adj.
1. Buoyed on or suspended in or as if in a fluid.
2. Not secured in place; unattached.
3. Inclined to move or be moved about: a floating meeting; floating crap games.
4.
a. Permitted to rise or fall in response to the market: a floating exchange rate; a floating interest rate.
b. Having an exchange rate or interest rate that rises or falls in response to the market: a floating currency; a floating loan.
5. Being short-term debt that is continuously refinanced.
6. Economics Available for use; in circulation. Used of capital.
7. Designed or constructed to operate smoothly and without vibration.
8. Of or relating to an organ of the body that is movable or out of normal position: a floating kidney.

floating

(ˈfləʊtɪŋ)
adj
1. having little or no attachment
2. (Pathology) (of an organ or part) displaced from the normal position or abnormally movable: a floating kidney.
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) not definitely attached to one place or policy; uncommitted or unfixed: the floating vote.
4. (Banking & Finance) finance
a. (of capital) not allocated or invested; available for current use
b. (of debt) short-term and unfunded, usually raised by a government or company to meet current expenses
c. (of a currency) free to fluctuate against other currencies in accordance with market forces
5. (Mechanical Engineering) machinery operating smoothly through being free from external constraints
6. (Electronics) (of an electronic circuit or device) not connected to a source of voltage
ˈfloatingly adv

float•ing

(ˈfloʊ tɪŋ)

adj.
1. being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
2. moving from one place to another: a floating work force.
3. (of a body part or organ) away from its proper position, esp. in a downward direction: a floating kidney.
4.
a. in circulation or use, or not permanently invested, as capital.
b. composed of sums due within a short time: a floating debt.
5. Mach.
a. having a soft suspension greatly reducing vibrations between the suspended part and its support.
b. working smoothly.
[1555–65]
float′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.floating - the act of someone who floats on the waterfloating - the act of someone who floats on the water
swim, swimming - the act of swimming; "it was the swimming they enjoyed most": "they took a short swim in the pool"
dead-man's float, prone float - a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
Adj.1.floating - borne up by or suspended in a liquid; "the ship is still floating"; "floating logs"; "floating seaweed"
afloat - borne on the water; floating
2.floating - continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to anotherfloating - continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"
unsettled - not settled or established; "an unsettled lifestyle"
3.floating - inclined to move or be moved about; "a floating crap game"
mobile - moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place); "a mobile missile system"; "the tongue is...the most mobile articulator"
4.floating - (of a part of the body) not firmly connected; movable or out of normal position; "floating ribs are not connected with the sternum"; "a floating kidney"
unfixed - not firmly placed or set or fastened
5.floating - not definitely committed to a party or policy; "floating voters"
uncommitted - not bound or pledged

floating

adjective
1. buoyant, drifting, buoyed, resting on water Firefighters are unable to use floating booms.
2. uncommitted, wavering, undecided, indecisive, vacillating, sitting on the fence (informal), unaffiliated, independent floating voters appear to have deserted the party
3. free, wandering, variable, fluctuating, unattached, migratory, movable, unfixed a house I shared with a floating population of others
Translations

floating

[ˈfləʊtɪŋ] ADJ [object, assets, currency, debt, dock] → flotante (Brit) [voter] → indeciso
the floating voteel voto de los indecisos

floating

[ˈfləʊtɪŋ] adjflottant(e)floating voter n (British)électeur/trice m/f indécis(e)float plane n (US) (= seaplane) → hydravion m

floating

adj
raft, logstreibend; floating hotel/restaurantschwimmendes Hotel/Restaurant
(fig) populationwandernd
(Fin) currencyfreigegeben; floating exchange ratefloatender or frei schwankender Wechselkurs
(Math, Comput) → Gleit-; floating accent (Comput) → fliegender Akzent; floating point (Comput), → Fließ- or Gleitkomma nt
(Med) kidneyWander-; ribfrei
n (of currency) → Freigabe f, → Floating nt

floating

:
floating bridge
nSchiffsbrücke f
floating capital
floating debt
floating dock
nSchwimmdock nt
floating ice
nTreibeis nt
floating light
n (= ship)Leuchtschiff nt; (= buoy)Leuchtboje f
floating voter
n (fig)Wechselwähler m

floating

[ˈfləʊtɪŋ] adja galla

float·ing

a. flotante, libre, sin adhesión;
___ ribscostillas ___ -s.
References in classic literature ?
Her hot cheeks cooled a trifle, and she drew a long breath as the pretty glass plates went round, and everyone looked graciously at the little rosy islands floating in a sea of cream.
A few clouds, floating high upward, caught some of the earliest light, and threw down its golden gleam on the windows of all the houses in the street, not forgetting the House of the Seven Gables, which--many such sunrises as it had witnessed--looked cheerfully at the present one.
And Pearl, stepping in mid-leg deep, beheld her own white feet at the bottom; while, out of a still lower depth, came the gleam of a kind of fragmentary smile, floating to and fro in the agitated water.
Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.
But what most puzzled and confounded you was a long, limber, portentous, black mass of something hovering in the centre of the picture over three blue, dim, perpendicular lines floating in a nameless yeast.
I should say that those New England rocks on the sea-coast, which Agassiz imagines to bear the marks of violent scraping contact with vast floating icebergs --I should say, that those rocks must not a little resemble the Sperm Whale in this particular.
Sooner or later, by this plan, they would have all the floating labor of Chicago trained to do their work.
It was now early spring, and the river was swollen and turbulent; great cakes of floating ice were swinging heavily to and fro in the turbid waters.
There was no gas, there were no candles; a bronze dish half full of boarding-house butter with a blazing rag floating in it was the thing that produced what was regarded as light.
and when those thrilling notes come floating down the distance I hear them without fail, even if I am two miles away; and then - oh, then you should see my heels get down to business!
Toward midnight the Crusader came floating down the river in a boat, with his trusty cross-bow in his hands.
They said he was floating on his back in the water.