Definition of Balloon

1. Noun. Large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air.

Terms within: Envelope, Gasbag, Ripcord
Specialized synonyms: Hot-air Balloon, Meteorological Balloon, Trial Balloon
Generic synonyms: Lighter-than-air Craft
Derivative terms: Balloonist

2. Verb. Ride in a hot-air balloon. "He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China"
Generic synonyms: Aviate, Fly, Pilot
Derivative terms: Balloonist

3. Noun. Small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck.
Generic synonyms: Plaything, Toy

4. Verb. Become inflated. "The sails ballooned"
Exact synonyms: Billow, Inflate
Specialized synonyms: Reflate
Generic synonyms: Expand
Derivative terms: Inflation

Definition of Balloon

1. n. A bag made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise and float in the atmosphere; especially, one with a car attached for aërial navigation.

2. v. t. To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.

3. v. i. To go up or voyage in a balloon.

Definition of Balloon

1. Noun. An inflatable buoyant object, often (but not necessarily) round and flexible. ¹

2. Noun. Such an object as a child’s toy. ¹

3. Noun. Such an object designed to transport people through the air. ¹

4. Noun. (medicine) A sac inserted into part of the body for therapeutic reasons; such as angioplasty. ¹

5. Noun. A speech bubble. ¹

6. Noun. A type of glass cup, sometimes used for brandy. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To increase or expand rapidly. ¹

8. Verb. To go up or voyage in a balloon. ¹

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Definition of Balloon

1. to swell out [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Balloon

1. 1. A bag made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise and float in the atmosphere; especially, one with a car attached for aerial navigation. 2. A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc, as at St. Paul's, in London. 3. A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form. 4. A bomb or shell. 5. A game played with a large infated ball. 6. The outline inclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure. Air balloon, a balloon for aerial navigation. Balloon frame, a house frame constructed altogether of small timber. Balloon net, a variety of woven lace in which the weft threads are twisted in a peculiar manner around the warp. Origin: F. Ballon, aug. Of balle ball: cf. It. Ballone. See 1st Ball, and cf. Pallone. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Balloon

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Literary usage of Balloon

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1890)
"In 1823, when ascending from Cheltenham, accompanied by Mr. Griffiths, some malicious person partly severed tho ropes which attached the car to the balloon, ..."

2. The Aerospace Year Book (1919)
"IMPORTANT EVENTS IN balloon HISTORY 1400—Roger Bacon suggested a plan of ... The construction may be regarded as the prototype of the modern balloon. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The largest balloon on record (if the contemporary accounts an correct) ascended ... Another large fire-balloon, 68 ft. in diameter, was constructed by the ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The first aerostat constructed on anything like our present proportions was the great balloon of Nassau which, on its initial journey, was navigated from ..."

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