floatation

noun
floa·ta·tion

less common spelling of

1 : the act, process, or state of floating

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

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

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