Flotation meaning

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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.
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The capacity to stay on the surface of soft material, as sand or snow.
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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.
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(mining) A process of separating minerals by agitating a mixture with water and detergents etc; selected substances being carried to the surface in air bubbles.
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(UK, finance) The launching onto the market of a tranch of stocks or shares, usually a new issue.
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(mining) A method of ore separation in which finely powdered ore is introduced into a bubbling solution to which oils are added: certain minerals float on the surface, and others sink.
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A state of floating, or being afloat.
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