• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Floating-island an aggregation of driftwood, roots, &c., capable of bearing soil, floated out from a river delta or the like
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  • Sir William Blackstone
    Sir William Blackstone
    “The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flotian, to float; Ice. flota.


In literature:

Between it and the next island, which lay a little back to the north, there was a sort of bay filled with floating ice.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
One wades through escaped beer, among floating islands of radish top and newspaper.
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
When we returned to Samoa we were up at dawn, on shipboard, watching the horizon for the first faint cloud that floats above the island of Upulu.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
I floated during that and the next night, but the following morning was thrown on a small island.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
Mart knew that once they were on the island, with the boat floated away, they were practically in prison.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
Here and there, tiny villages float like islands of green amid the wide plains.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
After floating down a beautiful stretch of 3,000 m., two more islands were reached within a great circle over 200 m. wide.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Who was it ate three plates of floating island last night for supper?
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
Jeff wrestled his eyes away to the Scoop that floated like a purple island in the bay.
"Traders Risk" by Roger Dee
He set sail in a strangely shaped canoe, promising that he would return on a floating island, furnished with all that man could desire.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
I floated about on the waters for nine long days, and on the tenth I came to Calypso's island.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Small floating islands whirl along in the swift current, and are carried out to sea.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
Thence we visited his celestial family, his system, in which our Earth is a floating island.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
He'll be wearing two watches to-morrow, and his hair piled up like a floating island!
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
Or even if he could keep it floating under the lee of the island, he could dictate terms.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Even below the island the gunboat had met with floating wreckage, which the eddy had thrown to the surface.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
A curious feature of the lake and river scenery is the floating island.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
Near this is Llyn y dywarchen (sod pool), with a floating island.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
The boat floated on and went out of sight around the shoulder of the island.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
The island of Love, like that of Delos, floats on the ocean.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões

In poetry:

And some upon day's shores are cast,
And some in darkness lost
In waves beyond the world, where float
Somewhere the islands of the blest.
"Nocturne" by Kathleen Raine
Palm trees, grouped upon the highland,
Here and there make pleasant island;
On the bark some wag hath wrote—
"Who would fly, when he can float?"
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I too Paumanok,
I too have bubbled up, floated the measureless float, and been
wash'd on your shores,
I too am but a trail of drift and debris,
I too leave little wrecks upon you, you fish-shaped island.
"As I Ebb'd With the Ocean of Life" by Walt Whitman
I too Paumanok,
I too have bubbled up, floated the measureless float, and been wash'd
on your shores;
I too am but a trail of drift and debris,
I too leave little wrecks upon you, you fish-shaped island.
"Elemental Drifts" by Walt Whitman
Would you from toil and labor flee,
Oh float ye out on this wonderful sea,
From islands of spice the zephyrs blow,
Swaying the galleys to and fro;
Silken sails and a balmy breeze
Shall waft you unto a perfect ease.
"The Song Of The Siren" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Floating Island With Apricot Creme Anglaise .
Floating Island chocolate shots topped with meringues.
King County says they'll pilot a floating island at Hicklin Lake in White Center.
Floating Island With Apricot Creme Anglaise.
If you have an extra $4.6 Million you could afford this crazy floating island .
Recreating Robert Smithson's Floating Island .
"Orsos Island" is a luxury floating island boasting six bedrooms, a jacuzzi, an aquarium and a restaurant.
If you have an extra $4.6 Million you could afford this crazy floating island.
As the Arctic warms, both glaciers and ice-shelves are launching floating islands into the sea that may threaten shipping, the fishing industry and off-shore oil and gas platforms.
They say no man is an island, but Michael Richard Smith has been creating his own floating homes in Boston Harbor.
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki ( Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle ) followed his Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind with this 1986 fantasy revolving around the great floating island of the title.
(Copyright: Floating Islands International) More and more of our waterways are being starved of life through pollution.
Garnish by floating a small island of whipped cream with a few coffee beans onshore.
ANTELOPE ISLAND — Rather than just float in the Great Salt Lake, Woods Cross entrepreneur Dave Ghizzone wants people riding on top of it, whether they paddle, pedal or cut through the salty serene water in a power boat.
The camera streams live video of the loon 's every move from a floating island on the lake in a popular dog park.