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float
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: fishing-line float, harpoon-line float
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A cork or other buoyant object on a fishing line as an indicator of a fish biting. (c) a cork supporting the edge of a fishing net; the hollow or inflated part or organ supporting a fish, etc., in the water
floating chronology
CATEGORY: chronology
DEFINITION: A chronometrically dated chronology which is not yet tied in to calendar years. A floating chronology is a decipherable record of time that was terminated long ago. The most common floating chronologies occur in dendrochronology where climate affects the growth of rings and sequences are local. Local sequences cannot always be tied to the master sequences established in certain areas from the present day back into prehistory, and therefore the local sequences will 'float' until some link with a known historical date is found. Similarly, in magnetic dating many of the sequences will float until some independently dated sites can be entered on the curve. The term is also used in reference to varve chronologies.
net float
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: An object designed to float in water and to support a net.

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