Flotation

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Flotation

1. The act, process, or state of floating.

2. The science of floating bodies. Center of flotation.

The imaginary surface which all the planes of flotation touch when a vessel rolls or pitches; the envelope of all such planes.

Origin: cf. F. Flottation a floating, flottaison water line, fr. Flotter to float. See Flotilla.