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floating

[floh-ting] /ˈfloʊ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
2.
having little or no attachment to a particular place; moving from one place to another:
a floating work force.
3.
Pathology. away from its proper position, especially in a downward direction:
a floating kidney.
4.
not fixed or settled in a definite place or state:
a floating population.
5.
Finance.
  1. in circulation or use, or not permanently invested, as capital.
  2. composed of sums due within a short time:
    a floating debt.
6.
Machinery.
  1. having a soft suspension greatly reducing vibrations between the suspended part and its support.
  2. working smoothly.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; float + -ing2
Related forms
floatingly, adverb
nonfloating, adjective
nonfloatingly, adverb
unfloating, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for floatingly

floating

/ˈfləʊtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having little or no attachment
2.
(of an organ or part) displaced from the normal position or abnormally movable: a floating kidney
3.
not definitely attached to one place or policy; uncommitted or unfixed: the floating vote
4.
(finance)
  1. (of capital) not allocated or invested; available for current use
  2. (of debt) short-term and unfunded, usually raised by a government or company to meet current expenses
  3. (of a currency) free to fluctuate against other currencies in accordance with market forces
5.
(machinery) operating smoothly through being free from external constraints
6.
(of an electronic circuit or device) not connected to a source of voltage
Derived Forms
floatingly, adverb
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floatingly in Medicine

floating float·ing (flō'tĭng)
adj.

  1. Completely or partially unattached.

  2. Out of the normal position; unduly movable. Used of certain organs such as the kidney.

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Slang definitions & phrases for floatingly

floating

adjective
  1. Drunk (1940s+)
  2. Intoxicated with narcotics; high (1950s+ Narcotics & black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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