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Definitions of floating

  1. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; " a drifting double- dealer"; " the floating population"; " vagrant hippies of the sixties"
  2. borne up by or suspended in a liquid; " the ship is still floating"; " floating logs"; " floating seaweed"
  3. inclined to move or be moved about; " a floating crap game"
  4. hanging or moving freely in air; " floating thistledown"; " floating banners"
  5. not definitely committed to a party or policy; " floating voters"
  6. ( 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"
  7. the act of someone who floats on the water
  8. of Float
  9. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air.
  10. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals.
  11. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as, floating capital; a floating debt.
  12. Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.
  13. The second coat of three- coat plastering.
  14. threads. See threads, above.
  15. The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; - called also fattening, plumping, and laying out.
  16. Swimming or held up on the surface of a liquid; free to move about; circulating; not fixed or settled; ready for use.
  17. 1. Free, unattached, noting the lower ribs the cartilages of which are not articulated directly with the sternum. 2. Out of the normal position, unduly movable, wandering, noting an occasional abnormal condition of certain organs, as the kidneys, liver, spleen, etc.
  18. Swimming; not fixed; circulating.
  19. FLOATINGLY.
  20. Not fixed; not constant.
  21. Resting buoyant on the water; overflowing; circulating, not fixed; of uncertain amount; available for use; unattached.
  22. The act of being conveyed by the stream or resting buoyant on the surface of the water; the watering or overflowing of meadows; the plastering of walls with a float.
  23. Lying on the surface of water, or in air; free or loose to be used as occasion requires, as capital.
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Usage examples for floating

  1. No, not the red one, but the blue one with the veil floating – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  2. Therefore, when he had stood it for some time, and found that he could hardly keep himself from being dashed against the rocks, and the big pieces of ice which came floating along on the top of the waves, he spoke to his wives and told them to follow him to the shore. – Rataplan by Ellen Velvin
  3. Being now so near their journey's end, the winged horse gradually descended with his rider, and they took advantage of some clouds that were floating over the mountain tops in order to conceal themselves. – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  4. It's better to go rather beyond her than a little short, and if she is still floating we shall fall in with her. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. He would have liked to tell her they were floating over buildings. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  6. But what happened to Misery when he went floating away? – Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome
  7. Another calls it " an immense surface of earth floating on the water." – Holland, v. 1 (of 2) by Edmondo de Amicis
  8. Others hid behind floating fragments of heavy ice and made a sudden rush as the animals passed. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. I was floating down a stream and I had not thought about it, only enjoyed in a careless way; till a little thing startled me. – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  10. Only a few could get their mouths against the glass; but those who were floating miles away yet turned their heads towards it. – The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald
  11. Then larger ones appeared, and in a few minutes all the fish in that particular stretch of water, with several gymnoti, were seen floating on the surface quite dead. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  12. There we were, floating calmly on the stream, and I could scarcely believe that an instant before we were engaged in a fearful encounter. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. But, Mr. Smith, St. Peter saw the sheet in a dream; there isn't anything in the Bible about things or people floating in the air when people are awake. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  14. But he went no farther than the floating bridge of heaven, and seeing the violence which prevailed he returned. – Japan by David Murray
  15. That was when the old moon, tumbled over on her back, would come floating up the east, like a little boat on the rising tide of the night, looking lost on the infinite sea! – Gutta-Percha Willie by George MacDonald
  16. The automobile itself was bumping along as if, indeed, it was floating down some stream, or had gone to sea like one of Mr. Brown's boats. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on an Auto Tour by Laura Lee Hope
  17. I do not know that our situation would be any the better, however, were we actually on them, instead of being on this floating wreck. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  18. The impression that it had left his shoulders and was floating around in the air a foot or two above them thus turned out to be an illusion. – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  19. Thus it is, that houses are swept away; and bridges from the smaller mountain streams, have been known, to come floating past the wharves of Albany, holding their way towards the ocean. – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  20. Within this convention was included the fresh- water canal which supplies drinking water to Ismailia and Port Said, and all the floating population about the banks of the Suez Canal. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
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