flo·ta·tion | \flō-ˈtā-shən \
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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

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If all goes to plan, this summer Mr Lei will take a leap towards that dream with the flotation of his firm, Xiaomi, at a valuation of $50bn-75bn. The Economist, "Xiaomi’s forthcoming IPO shows how the rules of business are changing," 7 June 2018 But bankers acknowledge that some deals done in London would have been impossible in New York, not least last year’s flotation of EN+, the investment vehicle of Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with links to President Vladimir Putin. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Britain Takes Stab at Wrangling Dirty Money," 23 May 2018 The flotation of the pound pushed inflation to above 30 percent and forced the central bank to raise interest rates, hurting businesses but attracting foreign interest in its short-term debt. Onur Ant, Bloomberg.com, "Egypt Weighs Shift to Long-Term Borrowing to Finance Deficit," 23 Apr. 2018 Riyadh plans to raise funds through the flotation of a 5 percent stake in state Saudi oil company Aramco. Author: Richard Mably, Yara Bayoumy, Anchorage Daily News, "OPEC and Russia consider historic long-term oil alliance," 27 Mar. 2018 If the latest estimates are accurate, this flotation will be the biggest IPO since Alibaba fetched $21.8bn in New York in 2014. The Economist, "Xiaomi eyes a giant Chinese IPO," 10 May 2018 Tencent spun out and listed—in Hong Kong—its ebook unit last year, in a flotation that raised $1.1 billion. David Meyer, Fortune, "Tencent Makes It Official: It Will Spin Out Its Spotify Rival With an IPO in the U.S," 9 July 2018 Michael’s barge inspection is intended to confirm there is a protection shelter on the barge, that the shell racks are set correctly and that there are enough flotation devices for the pyrotechnic crew onboard. Susan Hoffman, latimes.com, "Newport’s fireworks safety specialists get the Fourth ready to fly," 3 July 2018 None of the swimmers were using flotation devices, according to the Park Service. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "NY man dies after getting caught in rip currents with other swimmers off the NC coast," 28 June 2018

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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 act, process, or state of floating or of causing or allowing something to float

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