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.

(Float"ing) n.

1. (Weaving) Floating threads. See Floating threads, above.

2. The second coat of three-coat plastering. Knight.

(Float"ing*ly), adv. In a floating manner.

(Float"y) a. Swimming on the surface; buoyant; light. Sir W. Raleigh.

Floatable to Floran

(Float"a*ble) a. That may be floated.

(Float"age) n. Same as Flotage.

(Float*a"tion) n. See Flotation.

(Float"er) n.

1. One who floats or swims.

2. A float for indicating the height of a liquid surface.

(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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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