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

  • n. The act, process, or condition of floating. Also called flotage.
  • n. The act or an instance of launching or initiating, especially the floating of stocks or bonds or the financing of a business venture by floating stocks or bonds.
  • n. The process of separating different materials, especially minerals, by agitating a pulverized mixture of the materials with water, oil, and chemicals. Differential wetting of the suspended particles causes unwetted particles to be carried by air bubbles to the surface for collection.
  • n. The capability, especially of a vehicle tread or tire, to remain on top of a soft surface, such as sand, wet ground, or snow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of floating, or being afloat.
  • n. A process of separating minerals by agitating a mixture with water and detergents etc; selected substances being carried to the surface in air bubbles.
  • n. The launching onto the market of a tranch of stocks or shares, usually a new issue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, process, or state of floating.
  • n. The science of floating bodies.
  • n. Act of financing, or floating, a commercial venture or an issue of bonds, stock, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or state of floating.
  • n. The science of floating bodies.
  • n. The act of launching, or ‘floating,’ a new enterprise, a loan, a new issue of stocks or bonds, or the like.

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

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


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