|flotation or floatation (fləʊˈteɪʃən)|
|1.||a. the launching or financing of a commercial enterprise by bond or share issues|
|b. the raising of a loan or new capital by bond or share issues|
|2.||power or ability to float; buoyancy|
|3.||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|
|floatation or floatation|
flotation flo·ta·tion (flō-tā'shən)
The process of separating different materials, especially minerals, by agitating a pulverized mixture of the materials with water, oil, and chemicals. Differential wetting of the suspended particles causes unwetted particles to be carried by air bubbles to the surface for collection.