Origin of floatation
First recorded in 1800–10
Origin of flotation
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- a variant spelling of flotation
- the launching or financing of a commercial enterprise by bond or share issues
- the raising of a loan or new capital by bond or share issues
- power or ability to float; buoyancy
- 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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Word Origin and History for floatation
1806, the older, more etymological, but less popular spelling of flotation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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