Definitions

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

  • n. See flotation.
  • n. Floating objects or material; flotsam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of floating.
  • n. That which floats on the sea or in rivers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of floating.
  • n. That which floats on the sea or in rivers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See floatage.

Etymologies

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Old French flotage, French flottage, from flotter ("to float").

Examples

  • And speaking of the sea reminds me of a thing reported to us, and on good authority; though people might be found hereafter who would not believe it, unless I told them that from what I myself beheld of the channel I place perfect faith in it: and this is, that a dozen sailors at the beginning of March crossed the ice, with the aid of poles from Clevedon to Penarth, or where the Holm rocks barred the flotage.

    Lorna Doone

  • "sinker," as the young engineers called it, had been weighed, and it exactly conformed to the requirement of Ethan's figures; it was just sufficient to overcome the flotage power of the cask.

    Haste and Waste; Or, the Young Pilot of Lake Champlain. a Story for Young People

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