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flotation

flo·ta·tion (floa·ta·tion)

flotation (floatation)

pronunciation:
flo teI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or condition of floating.
They had life preservers and other devices for flotation.Too much weight will make flotation difficult.
definition 2: the starting or financing of a business enterprise, esp. by selling bonds or stock.
definition 3: any of several processes of separating and collecting various minerals from powdered ore, based on the minerals' ability to float in various liquids.