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
Recent Examples of flotation from the Web
Stewart was not wearing a personal flotation device when he was recovered, authorities said.
HelloFresh is also preparing for a flotation as early as this autumn if the Delivery Hero listing is successful, sources have told Reuters.
But cards are customized to each aircraft, which means that procedures can look different from one flight to the next depending on, say, whether the plane has life vests or your seat cushion is your sole flotation device.
The beach also offers several life jackets and other flotation devices, free for use by anyone, that hang from a sign.
To eliminate the technological arms race and maintain the focus on fun, this year’s competitors were each given a couple of wooden pallets for the structure and some empty plastic water jugs for flotation.
According to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, some flotation devices are designed to assist with building swimming skills and tilt children into a forward swimming motion.
Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. •
Mr. Altschuler said a flotation could be built around the vessel and it could be extricated from the mud with a method known as a cofferdam and restored at the site.
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Origin and Etymology of flotation
First Known Use: 1806See Words from the same year
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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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