flotation

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noun flo·ta·tion \flō-ˈtā-shən\
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Definition of flotation

  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

Examples of flotation in a Sentence

  1. fills the tanks with air for flotation

  2. the flotation of a currency

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Origin and Etymology of flotation

2float




FLOTATION Defined for English Language Learners

flotation

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Definition of flotation for English Language Learners

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



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