Floating vs Emergent - What's the difference?

floating | emergent |

As adjectives the difference between floating and emergent

is that floating is that which floats or float while emergent is emerging (in the process of emerging).

As verbs the difference between floating and emergent

is that floating is while emergent is .

As a noun floating

is (in the plural) material that floats in a liquid.




  • That which floats or float.
  • floating buoys
  • Not fixed in position, opinion etc.; free to move or drift.
  • The outcome of the forthcoming election is still unclear due to the large number of floating voters.
    In China, the large floating population has tended to gravitate to cities.
    You can drag the floating toolbars to any position on the screen.
  • (linguistics, of a tone) that is not attached to any consonant or vowel within its morpheme.
  • Derived terms

    * floating point, floating-point * floating voter


  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (in the plural) Material that floats in a liquid.
  • * 1898 , Journal of Microscopy (page 256)
  • Plastic mud, brownish tinted, rich in floatings .





    (en adjective)
  • (lb) Arising unexpectedly, especially if also calling for immediate reaction; constituting an emergency.
  • * 1918 , The Missionary Review of the World , volume 41, page 818:
  • In all these great and vital things which America has discovered to be emergent necessities,
  • Emerging; coming into view or into existence; nascent; new.
  • (botany) Taller than the surrounding vegetation.
  • (botany, of a water-dwelling plant) Having leaves and flowers above the water.
  • (video games) Having gameplay that arises from its mechanics, rather than a linear storyline.
  • * 2008 , Jim Rossignol, This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (page 126)
  • In short, emergent games are ones that allow a huge range of possibilities and don't dictate a strict, linear flow of events. A strategy game is emergent because so many units can interact and have some effect on each other.

    Derived terms

    * emergent evolution * emergently


    (en noun)
  • (botany) A plant whose root system grows underwater, but whose shoot, leaves and flowers grow up and above the water.
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