any of certain aquatic plants belonging to the genus Nymphoides, of the gentian family, especially N. aquatica, having floating, more or less heart-shaped leaves and a cluster of small, white, five-petaled flowers.
a related plant, Nymphoides cordata, of North America, having a cluster of white flowers and round or somewhat oval leaves that are purple beneath.
any perennial aquatic freshwater plant of the genus Nymphoides, esp N. lacunosum, having floating heart-shaped leaves: family Menyanthaceae
noun 1. a dessert consisting of boiled custard with portions of meringue, whipped cream, or whipped egg whites and sometimes jelly floating upon it or around it. 2. a floating mass of earth and partly decayed vegetation held together by interlacing roots, as on a lake: usually formed by the accumulation of plant litter; sometimes […]
noun, Carpentry. 1. a partition running parallel to and between two joists and resting on blocking between them.
noun 1. a decimal point whose location is not fixed, used especially in computer operations. floating-point (flō’tĭng-point’) Relating to a method of representing numerical quantities that uses two sets of integers, a mantissa and a characteristic, in which the value of the number is understood to be equal to the mantissa multiplied by a base […]
- Floating-point representation
noun 1. (computing) the representation of numbers by two sets of digits (a, b), the set a indicating the significant digits, the set b giving the position of the radix point. The number is the product arb, where r is the base of the number system used Compare fixed-point representation