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[floh-tey-shuh n] /floʊˈteɪ ʃən/
Origin of floatation
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for floatation
  • Its actual staff and private investors stand to make a small fortune from the floatation.
  • The board needs to be thicker in order to provide more floatation and easier paddle.
  • We leave that on the bottom, and then it pops to the surface with its own floatation.
  • The plastic floatation devices are replicas of sea ice.
  • Laws in whitewater areas require personal floatation devices.
  • Rubber and plastic rafts, inner tubes, and other boats require personal floatation devices.
  • With a leash, the user will not become separated from the floatation device.
  • Use a personal floatation device when working near floodwater.
  • It should fit snugly and have back and shoulder protection as well as floatation to help you swim safely in white water.
  • And if possible, throw a life preserver or floatation device.
British Dictionary definitions for floatation


a variant spelling of flotation


  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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Word Origin and History for floatation

1806, the older, more etymological, but less popular spelling of flotation.

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