Definition of floating in English:



  • 1Buoyant or suspended in water or air.

    ‘a floating platform’
    • ‘Aquatics with floating leaves, water lilies included, also need yearly attention.’
    • ‘One of its striking features will be the use of water to create a floating deck for relaxation.’
    • ‘Until Katrina, Mississippi law required that casinos be located on water in floating barges.’
    • ‘They're well watered and under floating row covers with wire hoops, all securely fastened to take the wind we've been having.’
    • ‘In the murky water were hundreds of floating chests of tea.’
    • ‘On either side of it, the city seemed to give way entirely for the airway; it hung, suspended, like a floating river cutting through a steep, shining landscape.’
    • ‘Low oxygen conditions develop beneath water hyacinth and the dense floating mats impede water flow and create good breeding conditions for mosquitoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both parents help build the well-concealed nest, which is a floating platform of weeds anchored to emergent vegetation in shallow water.’
    • ‘A kookaburra flies between the clusters of trees with buoyant, floating wing beats.’
    • ‘As a safety precaution, you can add a floating cattle water trough heater, which has a built in thermostat, to keep at least a section of the pool from freezing solid.’
    • ‘She tossed a floating toy into the water for her dog to fetch over and over.’
    • ‘At the moment there is deeper water and reasonable floating weed cover in one area, so the Jacanas have not left.’
    • ‘It consisted of quick images of rushing water and occasional floating message bottles with the overlaid pulse of surf breaking on shore.’
    • ‘He may favor a floating leaf of water plantain (which is plentiful in our creek).’
    • ‘As I have said before rearing a family when you spend all your life on floating water weeds is a hazardous business.’
    • ‘It was mounted about three meters above the water on a crude and rickety floating platform.’
    • ‘His favorite is a remote touch pad near the back of the boat that allows the Balls to control the stereo without having to leave the comfort of their floating water toys.’
    • ‘At a glacial terminus in quiet water, floating ice melts slowly and often drops exotic rocks and sediment far out on a lake bottom.’
    • ‘Less obvious has been the relocation into deeper water of floating marinas and the extension of launch ramps.’
    buoyant, buoyed up, non-submerged, on the surface, above water, afloat, drifting
    hovering, levitating, suspended, hanging, defying gravity
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  • 2Not settled permanently; fluctuating or variable.

    ‘floating exchange rates’
    • ‘The commercial complexes that will surely follow the residential buildings may have a floating population of about 5,000.’
    • ‘According to the fifth demographic census, there was a floating population of 120 million in China, mostly young people.’
    • ‘The mine ended as a failure, and to settle a floating indebtedness all movable equipment was sold in 1865.’
    • ‘Mr Leese said the area had a large floating population which had the potential of masking the activities of anyone who wanted to remain unnoticed.’
    • ‘The Health Bureau also said it would provide free TB inoculation for some groups among the students, the elderly and the floating population.’
    • ‘For, they are eager to see the floating population streaming in at the time of political meetings, since it leads to a surge in their business transactions.’
    • ‘The school's foreman Xu Panzhong prefers to call it ‘school for children of the floating population.’’
    • ‘To the floating population of Tibetans, this ‘Benson Town Auntie’ is any-time mom with plenty of tender care to dispense.’
    • ‘Commercial complexes coming up in the area, specially on main roads, have brought with them a large floating population and also vehicles.’
    • ‘The Spring Festival is the biggest festival for family reunions, drawing many of the floating population and workers to their homes in other provinces.’
    • ‘Some analysts said the reason for the sharp rise in robberies was due to an increase in the floating populations of some large cities and more illegal drug use.’
    • ‘An open-air debate with Solomon Pappiya as the moderator, near bus stands and public places in rural areas, is meant to target the floating population.’
    • ‘However, the education programme is a difficult task because of the large floating population and frequent international comings and goings.’
    • ‘The United States, Australia and China's Hong Kong have the world's largest floating populations.’
    • ‘Further, with a chunk of the floating population in the city being rural people, it is just impossible to expect them to follow road rules strictly.’
    • ‘While surfing the Internet to check on the floating population, police found that Li was renting a house in the district.’
    • ‘He is now leading a Ford Foundation-sponsored project on education of the floating population which kicked off earlier this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Experts said that with social development, the floating population has increased, placing a lot of pressure on the social order.’
    unsettled, not settled, not fixed, transient, temporary, variable, fluctuating
    variable, changeable, changing, fluid, fluctuating, free, not fixed
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