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 flotation devices were found in the lake around three miles apart, according to KSL. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Officials searching for 2 Utah teens who went missing while tubing on lake days ago," 9 May 2020 There must be one personal flotation device (PFD) on board for each person on the boat that is sized and intended for that individual. al, "Alabama marine police: social distancing applies on the water too," 29 Mar. 2020 By contrast, the rat corpses in Strasbourg have something almost peaceful about them in their flotation tank. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 Officials implore fishermen to exercise caution when ice fishing and recommend flotation devices and ice picks. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Fisherman dies after falling through ice on Tawas Bay, MSP reports," 1 Mar. 2020 The West German vessel and its 28-person crew vanished, leaving behind just four lifeboats, three shipping containers, and a handful of flotation devices. Quanta Magazine, "The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves," 5 Feb. 2020 Worms with lots of flotation in them can make the Carolina rig more attractive as the worm floats above the cover—Z-Man Floating WormZ, made of the company’s super tough, super buoyant ElazTech plastic, are one of several good choices. Frank Sargeant, al, "Why Carolina rig fishing works in Alabama waters," 29 July 2019 The plane, which is over 40 years old, is equipped with four flotation rafts which can hold up to 20 passengers each if the pilots had to ditch the aircraft in the ocean. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Chilean military declares plane lost as searchers scour Antarctica for answers," 11 Dec. 2019 Demand from small investors did not scale the heights of Saudi Arabia’s previous record IPO, the $6 billion flotation of National Commercial Bank in 2014, when retail investors applied for 23 times the shares on offer. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "The Saudis Are Set to Make IPO History, Raising a Record $25.6 Billion with the Aramco Listing," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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14 May 2020

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“Flotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flotation. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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