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flotation gear

i. Gear or apparatus—commonly inflatable bags, vest, rafts, and the like—carried aboard a vehicle to support the vehicle or persons if they are downed in water.
ii. A buoyant landing gear. Also called floats. See float gear.
References in classic literature ?
For every sound that floats From the rust within their throats Is a groan.
The Trick River keeps changing, it seems, and here we must float back and forward forever, unless we manage in some way to get ashore.
He began by blowing--by means of his machinery and air-pumps--several large bubbles which he allowed to float upward into the sky, where the sunshine fell upon them and gave them iridescent hues that were most beautiful.
The Wizard then blew a bunch of small bubbles and afterward blew a big bubble around them so they were left in the center of it; then he allowed the whole mass of pretty globes to float into the air and disappear in the far distant sky.
If she didn't stick too fast in the mud I was sure that she would float this time right side up.
The tides of Pellucidar don't amount to much by comparison with our higher tides of the outer world, but I knew that it ought to prove ample to float the Sari.
There was a bite almost directly; the float gave a tremendous bobbit!
All day the voyagers pulled gently along, and landed in the evening and supped; then re-embarking, they suffered the canoe to float down with the current; taking turns to watch and sleep.
With an oath he pushed his gruesome companion out into mid-stream to float on down toward the great pool and the awaiting scavengers of the deep.
If it won't float," remarked Dorothy, "it will be of no use to us.
But we didn't tumble to the roof," said the girl; "by the time we reached here we were floating very slowly, and I'm almost sure we could float down to the street without getting hurt.
We hustled it on to the raft in a pile, and I told Jim to float along down, and show a light when he judged he had gone about two mile, and keep it burning till I come; then I manned my oars and shoved for the light.