Pronunciation: (flō'ting),[key] —adj. 1. being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
2. having little or no attachment to a particular place; moving from one place to another: a floating work force. 3. Pathol.away from its proper position, esp. in a downward direction: a floating kidney. 4. not fixed or settled in a definite place or state: a floating population. 5. Finance. a. in circulation or use, or not permanently invested, as capital.
b. composed of sums due within a short time: a floating debt. 6. Mach. a. having a soft suspension greatly reducing vibrations between the suspended part and its support.
b. working smoothly.