Definition of free-floating in US English:



  • 1Not attached to anything and able to move freely.

    ‘free-floating aquatic plants’
    • ‘Phytoplankton consist of many diverse species of microscopic free-floating marine plants that serve as food to other ocean-living forms of life.’
    • ‘You can take things and punish them, use processes that are so radical that it becomes something all on its own, free-floating organic music.’
    • ‘Besides bringing all the instruments together, it really makes the vocals work, which had seemed super free-floating and unstructured in the previous section, lacking as it did either a kick or a regular organ arpeggiator.’
    • ‘By keeping a constant and sufficient pool of free-floating amino acids in your body, you may be able to minimize your body's catabolic - or muscle wasting - response while maximizing its anabolic response.’
    • ‘The species range from tropical tree ferns with leaves measured in yards, to small free-floating aquatics with leaves less than a sixteenth of an inch long.’
    • ‘While some consider giant salvinia to be an attractive aquatic plant, this free-floating fern is also an obnoxious invader that's sometimes referred to as ‘the world's worst water weed.’’
    • ‘Arguably best is the new free-floating camera, which can be moved around almost anywhere on the set, allowing much greater freedom in composing any particular shot.’
    • ‘The weed has spread rapidly over the last year with a thick mat with free-floating stems that can grow up to 10m long now covering several hectares of the lake.’
    • ‘This dark green plant is a free-floating plant.’
    • ‘A free-floating aquatic native to southern Brazil, it was accidentally introduced into Sri Lanka in 1939, and has now leaped the continents to become a pest in Africa, Australia, India, and New Zealand.’
    • ‘Pistia, a free-floating aquatic plant, was used because it produces an abundance of Ca oxalate crystals and rapidly assimilates reagents provided in liquid growth media.’
    • ‘The book is not so much a formal ‘autobiography’ as a free-floating memoir.’
    • ‘The defence analyst said it was not unknown for mines, usually from World War II, to be found free-floating in the Irish Sea.’
    • ‘As the ancient Egyptians interpreted it, the cause of these abnormalities was the movement of the uterus, which they believed to be an autonomous, free-floating organism that could move upward from its normal pelvic position.’
    • ‘Instead of building large numbers of tiny, free-floating robots to manufacture products, it would be more practical to use simple robot-arms in nanotech factories of the future.’
    • ‘Australian scientists are leading this research to tap the secrets of the seas through free-floating robots, after a successful two-year trial of 10 of the sophisticated instruments off northwest Western Australia.’
    • ‘One of our group had reeled in a length of free-floating fishing line to find it attached to a thrashing barracuda.’
    • ‘Salps are filter feeders, each one a tireless vacuum continuously clearing phytoplankton (minute free-floating plants) from the sea by filtering water through a mucus net as it swims..’
    • ‘It ranges from classic rock sounds to jazzy guitar riffs to free-floating musical epics.’
    1. 1.1 Not assigned to a fixed or particular position, category, or level.
      ‘free-floating exchange rates’
      • ‘He urged people not to be surprised by sharp increases or drops in the value of the rupiah because the free-floating system allowed the market to fully dictate the currency's exchange rate.’
      • ‘Consequently, nations with free-floating currencies will continue to lose competitiveness against some of the world's largest exporters and their respective imbalances will grow accordingly.’
      • ‘At the same time they were not free-floating decisions, independent of the political balance and cultural traditions of British society.’
      • ‘The HMD website discusses ‘prejudice, racism and other forms of bigotry’ as a kind of free-floating force which, when pushed to its extremes, can unleash a Holocaust.’
      • ‘It is also free-floating, and even at the height of the April uprising and the battle for Najaf, it remained stable, trading between 1,400 and 1,500 dinars to the dollar.’
      • ‘Instead of depleting precious foreign reserves, the government diverts the heavy demand for foreign currency to the free-floating exchange rate market.’
      • ‘Interestingly, ‘homily’ is the most directly Scripture-linked term, while ‘sermon’ is a more free-floating, umbrella term.’
      • ‘She pointed out that other currencies, including the US dollar, German mark and South Korean won, which implemented a free-floating exchange rate system were relatively stable.’
      • ‘Words are not free-floating signs, they float all right, but not freely.’
      • ‘I don't think there is much doubt that being an internationally used currency in a world of free-floating exchange rates gives you some (though pretty small) net gains.’
      • ‘I like very balanced monetary policies and I'm a full advocate of a free-floating exchange rate.’
      • ‘A free-floating peso puts in doubt the ability of the private sector to service its dollar-denominated debt and raises the specter of bankruptcy.’
      • ‘Research methods are much more free-floating than is sometimes supposed.’
      • ‘In the free-floating exchange of ideas, however, the scientists repeatedly put reins on wildly galloping progress.’
      • ‘After the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the IMF recommended that Indonesia adopt a free-floating exchange rate system for its local forex market, in which the rupiah's exchange rate is determined solely by market supply and demand.’
      • ‘Organized the sessions a little more tightly; for me, free-floating discussions don't work once you get over 6-8 people.’
      • ‘The proposals are appalling - they are simply free-floating ideas which lack depth.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person) not committed to a particular cause or political party.
      • ‘It is our immature culture, which pictures people as free-floating individuals who aren't judged or categorised by anyone, that makes final university exams seem final.’
      • ‘It is because these groups are free-floating agents rather than rooted political actors, reflecting the kind of Western intervention that revived their fortunes in the 1990s, that they can execute what appear to be unthinkable acts.’
      • ‘They prefer to see a world of free-floating atoms, individuals simply making individual moral decisions.’
      • ‘We are all free-floating atoms, who make our way in society as we choose.’
  • 2Psychiatry
    (of anxiety) chronic and generalized, without an obvious cause.

    • ‘Like many pregnant women, she is distilling all of society's free-floating anxiety about exposure to toxic chemicals into nine months of serious worrying.’
    • ‘And the response to this was this kind of free-floating anxiety, where they didn't know what threatened them.’
    • ‘Tension headaches, dry mouth, pounding pulse, neck and back pain, free-floating anxiety, hives, indigestion, irritability and fatigue are all indicators of stress.’
    • ‘Many of us live with free-floating fear and anxiety that settles on different issues de jour - from terrorist attacks to earthquakes to tragic diseases, God forbid.’
    • ‘The public suffers from a great deal of free-floating anxiety and this exploits those fears.’



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