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I think there's another meaning in finance, closely related to the one already noted here. The word is not only used to refer to the price of a security "being regulated by market forces", but also to "bringing a security to the market to become floated", i.e making stocks public, isn't it? I think it is used in this meaning in the Economist's "The World in 2008" on page 122. ML-et 23:40, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, I guess I only read through the intransitive verbs section and this meaning is already noted in the transitive verbs section.ML-et 11:39, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

float like a butterfly‎ , float one's boat