AskDefine | Define floating

Dictionary Definition

floating adj
1 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, vagabond, vagrant]
2 inclined to move or be moved about; "a floating crap game"
3 (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" [syn: floating(a)]
4 not definitely committed to a party or policy; "floating voters" [syn: floating(a)]
5 borne up by or suspended in a liquid; "the ship is still floating"; "floating logs"; "floating seaweed" n : the act of someone who floats on the water

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. That which floats or float.
    floating buoys
  2. Not fixed in position, opinion etc.; free to move or drift.
    The outcome of the forthcoming election is still unclear due to the large number of floating voters.
    In China, the large floating population has tended to gravitate to cities.


Verb form

  1. present participle of float

Extensive Definition

Float or floating may refer to the following:



  • Buoyancy
  • Floating (psychological phenomenon), slipping into altered states
  • Dampening, the guitar technique of sustaining a chord rather than scratching, also known as "floating"
  • Floating currency, a currency that uses a floating exchange rate as its exchange rate regime
  • Floating exchange rate, a type of exchange rate regime wherein a currency's value is allowed to fluctuate according to the foreign exchange market
  • Floating (dance), a group of footwork-oriented dance techniques closely related to popping
  • Floating point, a datatype in computer science
  • Floating, in electronics, being electrically disconnected from a power source, for example, a floating-gate transistor has a gate element insulated from its electrodes
  • Floating, in computer typesetting environments such as HTML, wikitext, or desktop publishing, describes the alignment of an element to the left or right while text wraps around it
  • Floating (album), the third album by the German progressive rock band Eloy
  • Isolation tank use is often referred to as "floating".
floating in German: Float
floating in Dutch: Float
floating in Japanese: フロート
floating in Thai: โฟลต

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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