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1. also float·a·tion (flō-tā′shən)
a. The act, process, or condition of floating. Also called flotage.
b. The act or an instance of launching or initiating, especially the floating of stocks or bonds.
c. The capability, especially of a vehicle tread or tire, to remain on top of a soft surface, such as sand, wet ground, or snow.
2. 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.
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1. (Stock Exchange)
a. the launching or financing of a commercial enterprise by bond or share issues
b. the raising of a loan or new capital by bond or share issues
2. (Nautical Terms) power or ability to float; buoyancy
3. (Metallurgy) Also called: froth flotation a process to concentrate the valuable ore in low-grade ores. The ore is ground to a powder, mixed with water containing surface-active chemicals, and vigorously aerated. The bubbles formed trap the required ore fragments and carry them to the surface froth, which is then skimmed off
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or floa•ta•tion(floʊˈteɪ ʃən)
1. the act or state of floating.
2. the launching or financing of a commercial venture, bond issue, loan, etc.
3. a process for separating the different minerals in a mass of powdered ore based on their tendency to sink in, or float on, a given liquid.
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The capability of a vehicle to float in water.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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|Noun||1.||flotation - the phenomenon of floating (remaining on the surface of a liquid without sinking)|
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
|2.||flotation - financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares|
finance - the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
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1. (lit) [of boat etc] → flotación f
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flotation[fləʊˈteɪʃ/ən] n (Fin) → lancio
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