from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of flotation.

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  • n. The launching onto the market of a tranch of stocks or shares, usually a new issue.
  • n. Alternative spelling of flotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See flotation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See flotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the phenomenon of floating (remaining on the surface of a liquid without sinking)
  • n. financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares


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  • Water from the ore tanks, where the metals were separated through a process known as floatation, was drained outside the mill with a hose.


  • Students had the chance to learn about the 3D scanner and general archaeological methodology, including floatation, which is the separation of organic materials from soil, and the total station, an optical surveying instrument into which they entered the coordinates of their finds.

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  • The board also wants changes such as floatation-vest designs that are easier to use and said that more types of emergency flotation equipment need to be stowed aboard commercial jets, even when the trip doesn't entail flying long distances over water.

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  • (A "floatation" that, ironically, is causing the shares to sink.)

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  • Facebook is currently lining up a $100bn floatation that could come as early as next April.

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  • My wife's breasts were protesters, protectors, buddies, floatation devices, counselors to us both on bad nights where it felt as though armies of doctors visited our home, kept the ducks in formation.


  • Using a technique known as “froth-floatation,” a mining company in Alaska plans to extract new gold from a mine that has been closed for decades, but this technique would produce approximately 4.5 million tons of “slurry,” thick waste-product laced with toxic elements such as lead and mercury.

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  • When you move the hair from the back of the treble hook, it takes away part of the floatation of the lure, and allows it to travel, approxmately 4 to 8-inches below the surface of the water, on your jerk, wind and retreive.

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  • I'd also want a backup to THAT system, for instance a simple reentry cargo return and recovery vehicle constructed out of the nosecone aeroshield, a simple attitude control system that could double as retro devices, parachutes and airbags for floatation and an integrated lifeboat capable of drifting for weeks on the open ocean before recovery.

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  • The water, at least in the sheltered boat launch between two piers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, was surprisingly warm, salty enough for good floatation and, compared to the trashbin waters off Coney Island, delightfully clean.

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