flotation
also floatation noun Etymology: 2float Date: 1806 1. the act, process, or state of floating 2. an act or instance of financing (as an issue of stock) 3. the separation of the particles of a mass of pulverized ore according to their relative capacity for floating on a given liquid; also any of various similar processes involving the relative capacity of materials for floating 4. the ability (as of a tire or snowshoes) to stay on the surface of soft ground or snow

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  • Flotation — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The science of floating bodies. [1913 Webster] 3. (Com. & Finance) Act of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flotation — Flotation. См. Флотация. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • flotation — When a company s shares are admitted to listing on the Official List and traded on a recognised investment exchange. Related links exit bridge financing Practical Law Dictio …   Law dictionary

  • flotation — 1850s, from FLOAT (Cf. float) + ATION (Cf. ation). Spelling influenced by French (Cf. FLOATATION (Cf. floatation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • flotation — is now the dominant spelling for the word meaning ‘the process of launching or financing a business or commercial enterprise’. It has replaced the earlier form floatation, on the analogy of words such as flotilla, flotsam, etc …   Modern English usage

  • flotation — (also floatation) ► NOUN 1) the action of floating or capacity to float. 2) the process of offering a company s shares for sale on the stock market for the first time …   English terms dictionary

  • flotation — [flō tā′shən] n. [earlier floatation, respelled as if < Fr flottaison] 1. the act or condition of floating; specif., the act of beginning or financing a business, etc., as by selling an entire issue of bonds, securities, etc. 2. the capacity… …   English World dictionary

  • Flotation — Flotationszelle Flotation (von englisch: to float – schwimmen) ist ein physikalisch chemisches Trennverfahren für feinkörnige Feststoffe aufgrund der unterschiedlichen Oberflächenbenetzbarkeit der Partikel. Dabei macht man sich zunutze, dass… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • flotation — The occasion on which a company s shares are offered on the market for the first time. Exchange Handbook Glossary flotation or floatation Flotation is the process of making a company s shares available to the general public by obtaining a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Flotation — Despite the Southwest Airlines spelling of the word, the more common spelling is floatation . Flotation may refer to:*Buoyancy, the phenomenon that keeps ships from sinking *Flotation process, in process engineering, a method for the separation… …   Wikipedia

  • flotation — /floh tay sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or state of floating. 2. the launching of a commercial venture, bond issue, loan, etc. 3. Metall. a process for separating the different minerals in a mass of powdered ore based on their tendency to sink in, or… …   Universalium

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