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Adjective: floating  flow-ting
  1. Borne up by or suspended in a liquid
    "the ship is still floating"; "floating logs"; "floating seaweed"
     
  2. Continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
    "the floating population";
    - aimless, drifting, vagabond, vagrant
     
  3. Inclined to move or be moved about
    "a floating crap game"
     
  4. (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"
     
  5. Not definitely committed to a party or policy
    "floating voters"
Noun: floating  flow-ting
  1. The act of someone who floats on the water
    - natation
Verb: float  flowt
  1. Be in motion due to some air or water current
    "the boat floated on the lake";
    - drift, be adrift, blow
     
  2. Be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    - swim
     
  3. Set afloat
    "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
     
  4. Circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
    "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
     
  5. Move lightly, as if suspended
    "The dancer floated across the stage"
     
  6. Put into the water
    "float a ship"
     
  7. (masonry) Make the surface level or smooth
    "float the plaster"
     
  8. Allow (currencies) to fluctuate
    "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
     
  9. Convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
    "float data"

Derived forms: floatings

See also: afloat, free-floating, mobile, uncommitted, unfixed, unsettled

Type of: change over, convert, essay, examine, go, launch, locomote, move, prove, smooth, smoothen, swim, swimming, test, transport, travel, trial, try, try out, value

Antonym: sink

Encyclopedia: Floating

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