flotation

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float +‎ -ation

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flotation (countable and uncountable, plural flotations)

  1. A state of floating, or being afloat.
  2. The ability (as of a tire or snowshoes) to stay on the surface of soft ground or snow.
  3. (mining, chemical engineering) A process of separating minerals by agitating a mixture with water and detergents etc; selected substances being carried to the surface in air bubbles.
  4. (Britain, finance) The launching onto the market of a tranch of stocks or shares, usually a new issue.

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