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Meaning of FLOTATION

Pronunciation:  flow'teyshun

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

FLOTATION is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: floatation, floatation
 See Also: finance, physical phenomenon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Flo*ta"tion\, n. (Com. & Finance)
    Act of financing, or floating, a commercial venture or an
    issue of bonds, stock, or the like.
 Definition: the process of recovering small particles of organic material by immersing sediment samples in water or other fluids and skimming off the particles which float on the surface. An important method for obtaining microfloral and microfaunal remains and carbon samples.
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 Related Terms: 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