noun floa·ta·tion

less common spelling of

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or state of floating

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of financing (such as an issue of stock)

  3. 3 :  the separation of the particles of a mass of pulverized ore according to their relative capacity for floating on a given liquid; also :  any of various similar processes involving the relative capacity of materials for floating

  4. 4 :  the ability (as of a tire or snowshoes) to stay on the surface of soft ground or snow

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