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floating Line breaks: float|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfləʊtɪŋ/

Definition of floating in English:


1Buoyant or suspended in water or air: a floating platform
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  • Numbers hit by global warming and loss of nest sites; floating water plantain is increasingly under threat from the re-opening of canals to heavy traffic.
  • She tossed a floating toy into the water for her dog to fetch over and over.
  • As I have said before rearing a family when you spend all your life on floating water weeds is a hazardous business.
buoyant, buoyed up, non-submerged, on the surface, above water, afloat, drifting
hovering, levitating, suspended, hanging, defying gravity
2Not settled permanently; fluctuating or variable: floating exchange rates
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  • The mine ended as a failure, and to settle a floating indebtedness all movable equipment was sold in 1865.
  • The larvae spend several months as floating zooplankton before settling down onto the reef.
  • There is already a floating population of 100 million or more migrants seeking work in cities.
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