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[free-floh-ting] /ˈfriˈfloʊ tɪŋ/
(of an emotional state) lacking an apparent cause, focus, or object; generalized:
free-floating hostility.
(of people) uncommitted, as to a doctrine, political party, etc.; independent:
free-floating opportunists.
capable of relatively free movement.
Origin of free-floating
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It only becomes relative when one uses the kinds of free-floating definitions to which you would have us accede.
  • Microscopic, free-floating plankton proliferated and may have turned parts of the ocean red.
  • The decline in free-floating, microscopic plants called phytoplankton varies from ocean to ocean, scientists reported.
  • But so-called diamond dust-free-floating ice crystals lower in the sky-can also create the visual treat.
  • With its free-floating trailing edge, the headsail can be rotated to vary the opening between it and the mainsail.
  • Inhale traces of sagebrush and rawhide escaped to town and free-floating on the air.
  • Live instruments stand sturdily in the mix as free-floating vocals waft in and out of coherency while retaining melodic sharpness.
  • Typically, free-floating tubing is slower, as it relies on the water currents to propel the inner tube.
  • The free-floating result of this spawning is nutrient-rich roe that whale sharks find irresistible.
  • They seem an alien race of free-floating individuals.
British Dictionary definitions for free-floating


unattached or uncommitted, as to a cause, a party, etc
Derived Forms
free-floater, noun
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