• Box Floating, Hand In View
    Box Floating, Hand In View
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj floating borne up by or suspended in a liquid "the ship is still floating","floating logs","floating seaweed"
    • adj floating not definitely committed to a party or policy "floating voters"
    • adj floating (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"
    • adj floating inclined to move or be moved about "a floating crap game"
    • adj floating continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another "a drifting double-dealer","the floating population","vagrant hippies of the sixties"
    • n floating the act of someone who floats on the water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the...
Mr. Punch, floating and smoking Mr. Punch, floating and smoking
Man holding floating pig by rope Man holding floating pig by rope
Floating Dock Floating Dock
Sister Sunnyhopes floating on her back Sister Sunnyhopes floating on her back

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Adult earwigs can float in water for up to 24 hours
    • Floating Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air.
    • Floating (Weaving) Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.
    • Floating Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals.
    • Floating Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as, floating capital; a floating debt. "Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been withdrawn in great masses from the island."
    • Floating The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also fattening plumping, and laying out.
    • Floating The second coat of three-coat plastering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific. This "floating ice cream parlour" could produce ten gallons of ice cream every seven seconds
    • n floating The act of supporting one's self, or the state of being supported or borne, on the surface of water or other liquid; flotation.
    • n floating In agriculture, the flooding or overflowing of meadow-lands.
    • n floating The spreading of stucco or plaster on the surface of walls, etc.; also, the second coat of three-coat plastering-work.
    • n floating A method of obtaining pigments and other materials in a very finely divided state. They are first ground as fine as possible in a mill, and are then put into long sluiceways of slowly running water. The coarser particles sink first, while the finer are carried a longer distance. The latter are collected and dried, and constitute the floated material. Sometimes, by certain modifications, air is used instead of water.
    • n floating In electrotyping, the process of filling lowspaced forms of type with liquid plaster up to the shoulders of the type, and brushing off the superfluous plaster after it is dry, preparatory to taking a mold.
    • n floating In weaving, a thread of weft which floats, spans, or crosses on the top of several warped threads. See flushing, 1.
    • n floating The method or practice of hunting game by approaching it with a boat at night; fire-hunting; shining; jacking. The hunter, equipped with a lantern or torch, paddles noiselessly toward the game, as a deer in shallow water, until the reflection of the light from the animal's eyes affords an aim.
    • floating Borne on the surface of the water or other liquid, or on the air: as, a floating leaf; floating islands.
    • floating Not fixed or settled in a definite state or place; fluctuating: as, floating population.
    • floating Free; disconnected; unattached: as, the floating ribs in some fishes.
    • floating In finance: Composed of sums of varying amount due at different but specified dates; unfunded: as, a large floating debt.
    • floating Not fixed or definitely invested; not appropriated to any fixed permanent investment, as in lands, buildings, machinery, etc., but ready to be used as occasion demands; in circulation or use: as, floating capital (opposed to fixed capital). See capital.
    • n floating The process of fattening oysters and scallops by placing them in fresh or brackish water, thus causing the tissues to become distended. See float, n., 1 , and float, v. t., 3. Also known as fattening, laying out, and plumping.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All porcupines can float in water.
    • adj Floating swimming: not fixed: circulating
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  • James Baldwin
    “People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
  • Muhammad Ali
    “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water.”
  • Italo Calvino
    “Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top.”
  • W. C. Fields
    “Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”


Whatever floats your boat - When people say this, they mean that you should do whatever makes you happy.


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


In literature:

The boat floated quietly on all night.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
It floated in the current straight to him.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
Another launch then approached a large cask floating with one end out of the water, to represent a boat.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were unwinking and distinct because there was no air where this thing floated.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Frank Nelsen looked at the Kuzaks, floating near.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
They had enjoyed a long rest, as they floated down the Ohio, rarely using the oars.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Only the feathers it had contained floated down wind.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
I could see nothing to serve as a float.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Floating around in an open boat?
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The dreamy state grew, and presently he floated off again into a deep, restful slumber.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

In silken mist the tresses wind
And float about her, while my hands
With loving care each day unbind
The yellow strands.
"Her Hair" by Dollie Radford
How soft, how holy, is this light!
And hark! a mournful song,
As gentle as these dews of night,
Floats on the air along.
"Hymns for Communion II" by John Pierpont
But with every grace of nature
There seems to float along--
To cheer again the hearts of men
The singer's deathless song.
"The Two Coffins" by Eugene Field
And from that bonny lean-to boat
We vowed no more to roam;
From window panes to weather vanes
We loved our floating home.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
The winds lie sick; no softest breath
Floats through the branches bare;
A silence as of coming death
Is growing in the air.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
Alone, aloft, unendingly
A peering gull on moveless wing
Floats silent by and again by
In search for some indefinite thing.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols

In news:

A massive tree floated into the Huron Boat Basin and Amphitheater sometime sometime early Tuesday — a direct result from area damage suffered from Superstorm Sandy.
RIGHT now it is hard to walk around swanky parts of São Paulo without running into someone who has an uncle, a cousin or a brother involved in a company float.
The HX awards for gay nightlife, presented by the long-running bar mag, were held outdoors at Lincoln Center, leading to a general, free-floating ambience of opera, ballet, and fisting/felching.
The 34th annual Pride Parade kicked off shortly after noon Sunday amidst a throng of colourful onlookers, flamboyant floats and proud marchers.
The Confluence Food Mart had a popular float at the PumpkinFest Grand Feature Parade.
Bionic contact lens could project floating emails.
Akihiko Hoshide hands a camera to Sunita Williams just before floating back inside the airlock of the International Space Station to close out a six-hour 38-minute spacewalk (Credit: NASA TV).
A pair of spacewalking astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday to bypass a leak in one of the outpost's cooling systems.
Woman floats above cornfield .
Make sure to eat 'em fast because they're so light, they might just float off your plate.
Skip Fletcher stood at one of his stands at Fair Park this week, hovering over the deep fryer, watching his beloved corny dogs float in hot oil.
Clay County Pioneer Reunion Float Parade 2012.
There seem to be many nasty microbes floating in the air around the southern peninsula -- runny noses, coughs and now sore throats are attacking the residents.
The floating trash from Japan's devastating tsunami is now halfway across the Pacific Ocean.
Have you heard about the huge, floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific ocean.

In science:

Meth., A 326 (1993) pp 27-37. B. S. Avset, and L. Evensen, "The effect of metal field plates on multiguard structures with floating p+ guard rings," Nucl.
Characterization of Prototype BTeV Silicon Pixel Sensors Before and After Irradiation
Each entity has attributes (e.g. restFreq), each of which are of a specified data type (e.g. float).
Data storage, processing and visualisation for the ATCA
One floating point operation at top speed (i.e. the speed of matrix multiplication) costs one time unit. (2).
Virtual Transmission Method, A New Distributed Algorithm to Solve Sparse Linear System
Alternatively we could have specified float or long double.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
A specialized multiply-accumulate unit for complex numbers based on a custom floating-point number representation (which need not conform to the IEEE 754 standard) can significantly speed up calculation of complex amplitudes.
A space-efficient quantum computer simulator suitable for high-speed FPGA implementation