Float"ing, a.

1.

Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air.

2.

Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals.

3.

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 Floating capital had been withdrawn in great masses from the island.
Macaulay.

Floating anchor (Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail. --
Floating battery (Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the bombardment of a place. --
Floating bridge.
(a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau bridge. See Bateau.

(b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort.
(c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by means of chains which are anchored on each side of a stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels being driven by stream power.
(d) The landing platform of a ferry dock. --
Floating cartilage (Med.), a cartilage which moves freely in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the functions of the latter. --
Floating dam.
(a) An anchored dam.
(b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock. --
Floating derrick, a derrick on a float for river and harbor use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor improvements, etc. --
Floating dock. (Naut.) See under Dock. --
Floating harbor, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships riding at anchor to leeward. Knight. --
Floating heart (Bot.), a small aquatic plant (Limnanthemum lacunosum) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water of American ponds. --
Floating island, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs. --
Floating kidney. (Med.) See Wandering kidney, under Wandering. --
Floating light, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy or floating stage. --
Floating liver. (Med.) See Wandering liver, under Wandering. --
Floating pier, a landing stage or pier which rises and falls with the tide. --
Floating ribs (Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which are not connected with the others in front; in man they are the last two pairs. --
Floating screed (Plastering), a strip of plastering first laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the coat. --
Floating threads (Weaving), threads which span several other threads without being interwoven with them, in a woven fabric.

 

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Float"ing (?), n.

1. (Weaving)

Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.

2.

The second coat of three-coat plastering. Knight.

 

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Float"ing, n.

The process of rendering oysters and scallops plump by placing them in fresh or brackish water; -- called also fattening, plumping, and laying out.

 

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