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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First Known Use of flotation

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flotation

float entry 2 + -ation

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The first known use of flotation was in 1806

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7 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Flotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flotation. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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