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 for Floating threads
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Floating \Float"ing\, a.
     1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a
        wreck; floating motes in the air.
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     2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating
        ribs in man and some other animals.
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     3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as,
        floating capital; a floating debt.
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              Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been
              withdrawn in great masses from the island.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     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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