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Definition: Floating kidney
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withdrawn in great masses from the island.
(Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
(Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the
hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the
bombardment of a place.
(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.
(Med.), a cartilage which moves freely
in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the
functions of the latter.
(a) An anchored dam.
(b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
, a derrick on a float for river and harbor
use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor
. (Naut.) See under Dock
, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored
and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships
riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.
(Bot.), a small aquatic plant (Limnanthemum lacunosum
) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water
of American ponds.
, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard
with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
. (Med.) See Wandering kidney
, 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.
. (Med.) See Wandering liver
, a landing stage or pier which rises and
falls with the tide.
(Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which
are not connected with the others in front; in man they
are the last two pairs.
(Plastering), a strip of plastering first
laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the
(Weaving), threads which span several
other threads without being interwoven with them, in a
(k[i^]d"n[y^]), n.; pl. Kidneys
(k[i^]d"n[i^]z). [OE. kidnei, kidnere, from Icel. koi[eth]r
belly, womb (akin to Goth. gipus, AS. cwi[thorn] womb) + OE.
nere kidney; akin to D. nier, G. niere, OHG. nioro, Icel.
n[=y]ra, Dan. nyre, Sw. njure, and probably to Gr. nefro`s
1. (Anat.) A glandular organ which excretes urea and other
waste products from the animal body; a urinary gland.
Note: In man and in other mammals there are two kidneys, one
on each side of vertebral column in the back part of
the abdomen, each kidney being connected with the
bladder by a long tube, the ureter, through which the
urine is constantly excreted into the bladder to be
2. Habit; disposition; sort; kind; as, a man of a different
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There are in later times other decrees, made by
popes of another kidney. --Barrow.
Millions in the world of this man's kidney.
Your poets, spendthrifts, and other fools of that
kidney, pretend, forsooth, to crack their jokes on
Note: This use of the word perhaps arose from the fact that
the kidneys and the fat about them are an easy test of
the condition of an animal as to fatness. “Think of
that, -- a man of my kidney; -- . . . as subject to
heat as butter.”
3. A waiter. [Old Cant] --Tatler.
. See Wandering kidney
, under Wandering
(Bot.), a sort of bean; -- so named from its
shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus
). See under Bean
(Min.), a variety of hematite or iron
sesquioxide, occurring in compact kidney-shaped masses.
. (Min.) See Nephrite
, and Jade
(Bot.), a leguminous herb of Europe and Asia
), with cloverlike heads of red or
yellow flowers, once used as a remedy for renal disorders,
and also to stop the flow of blood from wounds;