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flotation at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


flotation at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U and C] [Date: 1800-1900; Origin: FLOAT1]//
1 a time when shares in a company are made available for people to buy for the first time: --The company has decided to postpone its flotation on the stock market until next year.//
2 flotation chamber/compartment etc: a container filled with air or gas, fixed to something to make it float//

flotation at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Most widely used process for extracting many minerals from their ores. The method separates and concentrates ores by altering their surfaces so that they are either repelled or attracted by water. Unwetted particles, which adhere to air that is bubbled through the water, will float in the froth, while wetted particles will sink. The process was developed on a commercial scale early in the 20th cent. to remove very fine mineral particles that formerly had gone to waste in gravity concentration plants. With its use to concentrate copper, lead, and zinc minerals, which commonly accompany one another in their ores, many complex ore mixtures formerly of little value have become major sources of certain metals.

flotation at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "flotation":
coming out, curtain raiser, debut, embarkation, embarkment,
first appearance, floating, inaugural address, inauguration,
induction, initiation, installation, installment, introduction,
issuance, issue, launching, maiden speech, opener, preliminary,
stock issue, unveiling

flotation at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 (also float) [C, U] (business) the process of selling shares in a company to the public for the first time in order to raise money:
plans for (a) flotation on the stock exchange * a stock-market flotation
2 [U] the act of floating on or in water:
a flotation tank (= where people float in the dark as a way of relaxing)

Flotation at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Flotation \Flo*ta"tion\, n. (Com. & Finance)
Act of financing, or floating, a commercial venture or an
issue of bonds, stock, or the like.

Flotation \Flo*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. flottation a floating,
flottaison water line, fr. flotter to float. See {Flotilla}.]
1. The act, process, or state of floating.

2. The science of floating bodies.

{Center of flotation}. (Shipbuilding)
(a) The center of any given plane of flotation.
(b) More commonly, the middle of the length of the load
water line. --Rankine.

{Plane, or Line}, {of flotation}, the plane or line in which
the horizontal surface of a fluid cuts a body floating in
it. See {Bearing}, n., 9
(c) .

{Surface of flotation} (Shipbuilding), the imaginary surface
which all the planes of flotation touch when a vessel
rolls or pitches; the envelope of all such planes.

flotation at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: the phenomenon of floating (remaining on the surface of a
liquid without sinking) [syn: {floatation}]
2: financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares
[syn: {floatation}]

flotation at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms



Inter: en-nou » n
  • A state of floating, or being afloat.
    1. Inter: minin » g A process of separating minerals by agitating a mixture with water and detergents etc; selected substances being carried to the surface in air bubbles.
    2. Inter: British » finance The launching onto the market of a tranch of stocks or shares, usually a new issue.

      Derived terms

      * personal flotation device


      Inter: trans-top » a state of floating

  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|flotación|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » process of separating minerals
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|flotación|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: ar » flotation
    Translation: et » flotation
    Translation: io » flotation
    Translation: it » flotation
    Translation: pl » flotation
    Translation: ta » flotation
    Translation: vi » flotation
    Translation: zh » flotation