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
Demonstrations on using personal flotation devices, how to safely assist someone struggling in the water and the importance of sunscreen; swim lesson screenings; and a free swim.
The Egyptian government approved a social spending plan to support lower and middle income families after inflation surged to the highest levels in decades following the flotation of the pound.
This procedure was changed after Pilot Gus Grissom almost drowned when the hatch opened at sea and future Mercury mission would have divers attaching a flotation collar on the space capsule.
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Origin and Etymology of flotation
First Known Use: 1806
FLOTATION Defined for English Language Learners
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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