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Floating

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Float \Float\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Floated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Floating}.] [OE. flotien, flotten, AS. flotian to float, swim, fr. fle['o]tan. See {Float}, noun]

1. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.

The ark no more now floats, but seems on ground. --Milton.

Three blustering nights, borne by the southern blast, I floated. --Dryden.

2. To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid, or through the air.

They stretch their broad plumes and float upon the wind. --Pope.

There seems a floating whisper on the hills. --Byron.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Floating \Float"ing\, adjective

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 Floating capital had been withdrawn in great masses from the island.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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Floating \Float"ing\, noun

1. (Weaving) Floating threads. See {Floating threads}, above.

2. The second coat of three-coat plastering. --Knight.

3. The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also {fattening}, {plumping}, and {laying out}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Floating charge

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

floating

adjective

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; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties" [syn: {aimless}, {drifting}, {floating}, {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

1: the act of someone who floats on the water [syn: {floating}, {natation}]

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