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

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Four people were riding a Jet Ski on the Fourth of July — two with personal flotation devices, two without — when the craft tipped over. George Tanner, The Denver Post, "Missing woman’s body recovered at Jackson Lake State Park," 6 July 2019 The child was not wearing a flotation device, according to The Wylie News. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Boy drowns while swimming in Lavon Lake in Collin County," 5 July 2019 Perlman says the costumes, which had to fit on top of personal flotation devices, took about 1,300 hours to fabricate over several months, including beading and surface decor. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "In Somerville, a powerhouse of custom costume-making for Boston and beyond," 4 July 2019 Another boater discovered a debris field in the creek, including a cooler, beer cans and a flotation device, Scarborough said. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Two bodies recovered from Stoney Creek on Monday," 1 July 2019 Cut to: Me in a full-coverage bikini, capturing the moment when my Barq’s floats by in a pink flotation device. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Summer’s Hottest Accessory Is... an Inflatable Drink Holder?," 24 June 2019 Christopher Monnin, 35, was charged Thursday with breaking into the backyards of homes with pools in Palm Bay and stealing only flotation devices, according to the arrest affidavit. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Florida cops arrest man who said he stole pool floats to use for sex," 17 June 2019 With the magnetic pull of the Alibaba brand, overexcited retail investors may be willing to pay a high price for Ant’s flotation. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Ant Financial’s Mysterious Valuation Inflation," 11 Apr. 2018 Weight: 25 lb MERCURY This suit took on water in one landing; later Mercury suits had survival gear with flotation devices. National Geographic, "How flight suits have evolved to keep astronauts safe in space," 17 June 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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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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