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flotation

[ floh-tey-shuhn ]
/ floʊˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun
an act or state of floating.
the launching of a commercial venture, bond issue, loan, etc.
Metallurgy. 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.
the science of floating bodies.
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Rarely float·a·tion .

Origin of flotation

First recorded in 1800–10; float + -ation; compare French flottaison (see flotsam)
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British Dictionary definitions for flotation

flotation

floatation

/ (fləʊˈteɪʃən) /

noun
  1. the launching or financing of a commercial enterprise by bond or share issues
  2. 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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