flotation

noun flo·ta·tion \ flō-ˈtā-shən \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

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

  1. fills the tanks with air for flotation

  2. the flotation of a currency

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Origin and Etymology of flotation



FLOTATION Defined for English Language Learners

flotation

noun

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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