being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
having little or no attachment to a particular place; moving from one place to another: a floating work force.
Pathology. away from its proper position, especially in a downward direction: a floating kidney.
not fixed or settled in a definite place or state: a floating population.
in circulation or use, or not permanently invested, as capital.
composed of sums due within a short time: a floating debt.
having a soft suspension greatly reducing vibrations between the suspended part and its support.
working smoothly.

1555–65; float + -ing2

floatingly, adverb
nonfloating, adjective
nonfloatingly, adverb
unfloating, adjective
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floating (ˈfləʊtɪŋ)
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
 a.  (of capital) not allocated or invested; available for current use
 b.  (of debt) short-term and unfunded, usually raised by a government or company to meet current expenses
 c.  (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

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Word Origin & History

O.E. flotian "to float" (class II strong verb; past tense fleat, pp. floten), from P.Gmc. *flutojanan (cf. O.N. flota, M.Du. vloten). Related: Floated; floating. The noun is attested from early 12c., "state of floating" (O.E. flot meant "body of water"); meaning "platform on wheels used for displays
in parades, etc." is from 1888, probably from earlier sense of "flat-bottomed boat" (1557). Floater "dead body found in water" is 1890, U.S. slang.
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Medical Dictionary

floating float·ing (flō'tĭng)

  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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float   (flōt)  Pronunciation Key 
An air-filled sac in certain aquatic organisms, such as kelp, that helps maintain buoyancy. Also called air bladder, air vesicle.
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