flo·​ta·​tion | \ flō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce flotation (audio) \
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Definition of flotation

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

Examples of flotation in a Sentence

fills the tanks with air for flotation the flotation of a currency

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But the weakening of the Egyptian pound following its flotation, plus deep cuts in energy subsidies, propelled inflation to more than 30 percent, deepening hardship in the already impoverished nation. Bloomberg.com, "Egypt Sets Presidential Vote for March as Top El-Sisi Rival Backs Out," 8 Jan. 2018 And don’t miss the new flotation tank at The Lodge at Vail’s RockResorts Spa—the coolest (and quietest) way to recover from slope fatigue. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Nonetheless, the bank’s share price has hit historic lows, and is now trading significantly below its flotation price. Philip Georgiadis, WSJ, "Metro, Challenger to U.K.’s Banking Establishment, Drops One-Third in Value," 23 Jan. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Your immediate nightmare is the flotation process, which is a cross between an election campaign, a show trial and an Ironman event. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 The boy was out in the water on a flotation board when he got caught in the strong waves around 10:56 a.m., Truro Police Chief Jamie Calise said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Lifeguards rescue 10-year-old boy and mother trapped in rip current at beach in Truro," 26 June 2018 Martz is accused of driving a boat that sliced across the flotation tube Horazdovsky rode with two friends on the lake, then leaving as others in his boat tried to help. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Over pleas of victim’s family, man accused in fatal Mat-Su boat collision gets lower bail," 21 June 2018 Nelson's office notes that flotation pods are not required to register with the Texas Secretary of State. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "A 71-year-old woman stopped breathing in a watery pod. Now, a lawmaker seeks changes," 5 June 2018 The primal human connection between flotation and relaxation is the principle behind one of the most inventive tools of 20th-century neuroscience: the isolation or sensory-deprivation tank. Orr Shtuhl, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Floating," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of flotation

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flotation

float entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of flotation

: the act, process, or state of floating or of causing or allowing something to float

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