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
Recent Examples on the Web The gym also offers an infrared sauna and flotation therapy to help aid in recovery. Karen Iorio Adelson, Curbed, "The Best Fitness Instructors in New York," 29 Mar. 2021 The boys’ mother, Rabab Diab, survived the crash after a fisherman threw her a flotation device. NBC News, "Father gets 212 years in prison for scheme that killed his autistic sons for life insurance," 11 Mar. 2021 Shares in the company will go on public sale on Wednesday in a flotation that values the shoe brand at around 3.7 billion pounds ($5 billion). Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "A new stage: Dr Martens valued at $5 billion in share sale," 29 Jan. 2021 The channels in between the keels also afford the bike far greater flotation. Brent Rose, Popular Mechanics, "Here’s What You Should Know About Snow Bikes," 23 Dec. 2020 Xi was reportedly furious at controlling shareholder Jack Ma’s decision to criticize the government’s financial regulation, days before the flotation was set to go ahead. David Meyer, Fortune, "Friday feedback: Defending democracy, finding purpose," 13 Nov. 2020 The recommendations required duck boat operators to provide reserve buoyancy for their vessels, so the boats will have a backup method of flotation in the event of flooding. Dana Brandt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For popular duck boats in the Wisconsin Dells, spot-checks show some potential safety issues," 26 Oct. 2020 My burkini, almost all four yards of it, swells up around me and serves as a flotation device. EW.com, "Read the first excerpt from S.K. Ali's next novel Misfit in Love," 8 Dec. 2020 McKee also was charged with failure to properly assess the weather before launching the boat and not telling passengers to use flotation devices. Arkansas Online, "Judge dismisses criminal counts in Missouri duck boat deaths," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of flotation was in 1806

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25 Apr 2021

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“Flotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flotation. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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