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Meaning of FLOATING

Pronunciation:  'flowting

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  borne up by or suspended in a liquid; "the ship is still floating"; "floating logs"; "floating seaweed"
  2. [adj]  inclined to move or be moved about; "a floating crap game"
  3. [adj]  hanging or moving freely in air; "floating thistledown"; "floating banners"
  4. [adj]  continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"
 

FLOATING is a 8 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: afloat(p), aimless, drifting, mobile, moving, unsettled, vagabond, vagrant
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Float"ing\, a.
    1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a
       wreck; floating motes in the air.
    
    2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating
       ribs in man and some other animals.
    
    3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as,
       floating capital; a floating debt.
    
             Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been
             withdrawn in great masses from the island.
                                                   --Macaulay.
    
    {Floating anchor} (Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
    
    
    {Floating battery} (Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the
       hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the
       bombardment of a place.
    
    {Floating bridge}.
       (a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor
           of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau
           bridge. See {Bateau}.
       (b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one
           projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being
           moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops
           over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort.
       (c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by
           means of chains which are anchored on each side of a
           stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels
           being driven by stream power.
       (d) The landing platform of a ferry dock.
    
    {Floating cartilage} (Med.), a cartilage which moves freely
       in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the
       functions of the latter.
    
    {Floating dam}.
       (a) An anchored dam.
       (b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
    
    {Floating derrick}, a derrick on a float for river and harbor
       use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor
       improvements, etc.
    
    {Floating dock}. (Naut.) See under {Dock}.
    
    {Floating harbor}, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored
       and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships
       riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.
    
    {Floating heart} (Bot.), a small aquatic plant ({Limnanthemum
       lacunosum}) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water
       of American ponds.
    
    {Floating island}, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard
       with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
    
    {Floating kidney}. (Med.) See {Wandering kidney}, under
       {Wandering}.
    
    {Floating light}, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel
       moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners
       of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy
       or floating stage.
    
    {Floating liver}. (Med.) See {Wandering liver}, under
       {Wandering}.
    
    {Floating pier}, a landing stage or pier which rises and
       falls with the tide.
    
    {Floating ribs} (Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which
       are not connected with the others in front; in man they
       are the last two pairs.
    
    {Floating screed} (Plastering), a strip of plastering first
       laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the
       coat.
    
    {Floating threads} (Weaving), threads which span several
       other threads without being interwoven with them, in a
       woven fabric.
    
    
    
    
  2. \Float"ing\, n.
    1. (Weaving) Floating threads. See {Floating threads}, above.
    
    2. The second coat of three-coat plastering. --Knight.
    
    
  3. \Float"ing\, n.
    The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by
    placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also
    {fattening}, {plumping}, and {laying out}.
    
    
 
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