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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
balloon
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
barrage balloon
blow up...balloon
▪ Can you blow up this balloon?
hot-air balloon
trial balloon
▪ Senator Lott is floating trial balloons to test public opinion on the bill.
went down like a lead balloon (=was not popular or successful)
▪ The idea went down like a lead balloon.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
air
▪ The steel rope had to be used because a normal tight rope wouldn't keep taut between two unpredictable hot air balloons.
▪ Read in studio A rather unusual hot air balloon has completed its maiden voyage.
▪ Vologsky might as well try to take off and escape in a hot air balloon.
▪ Is it not yet another of the Secretary of State's hot air balloons?
▪ Read in studio Five hundred homes had their power supplies cut when a hot air balloon collided with high voltage cables.
▪ Read in studio A world record has been set for tight rope walking between two hot air balloons.
barrage
▪ The winch man was running out the cable, allowing the barrage balloon to rise.
▪ Through his window, Carrington could see a silver barrage balloon, rising slowly on its cable into the clear blue sky.
▪ They flew barrage balloons, commissioned perspectives and held a public inquiry.
▪ Cider and Guinness had given him a barrage balloon for a stomach.
▪ Do you remember barrage balloons Bobbing around like airborne swine?
▪ It was now quite clear that barrage balloons were much more a hindrance than a help to London.
helium
▪ Visual effects feature largely in this community arts venture, and have included helium balloons and fireworks.
▪ People left the auditorium that morning trailing their doubts behind them like children dragging exhausted helium balloons.
▪ I wish people would stop buying helium balloons and letting them go.
▪ Breastfeeding does perky things to some women's statistics, but it left mine looking like two well-past-their-sell-by-date helium balloons.
lead
▪ Normally following that kind of response the ramp idea would go down like a lead balloon.
▪ Anyway these questions go down like a lead balloon.
■ VERB
blow
▪ You look like you have blown up like a balloon and you feel that you are a complete dieting failure.
▪ Tell the students to blow up the balloon and then tape the straw to the balloon.
▪ Work quickly or keep the cutting material in a plastic bag blown up like a balloon and sealed.
▪ But there are two ways of blowing up a balloon.
▪ There was a game where you blew up balloons and sat on them.
▪ The first players then have to blow the balloons back for the second person to take over.
burst
▪ The soldier, becoming bored with the game, laconically reached out his cigarette end and burst the balloon in my face.
▪ As soon as they succeed the next person in the team bursts her balloon and the game continues until everyone has finished.
▪ Dad was better than anyone; he burst six balloons, one after the other.
fill
▪ It is an elevating experience filling gas balloons for the Christmas party.
▪ It's a helium filled balloon with a kite attached.
▪ Water babies Fill balloons with warm water and knot the tops securely.
inflate
▪ We all started to inflate our balloons and eventually one burst.
▪ The final piece that we have to add is the generation of pressure without having to inflate a balloon to start with.
release
▪ The former Teesside Polytechnic celebrated its name change by releasing hundreds of balloons into the sky above Middlesbrough.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
go down like a lead balloon
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ hot air balloon rides
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A good cabinet officer will take a policy proposal, put a trial balloon out.
▪ For this design knit the single teddy starting on the seventh stitch to avoid knitting part of the balloon.
▪ I sail up the hill and along Hyde Hill Lane as if I were a balloon.
▪ It will be years before I will understand the significance of these little balloons.
▪ No cardiologist would insert a balloon.
▪ Tell the students to blow up the balloon and then tape the straw to the balloon.
▪ The balloons drop at midnight, and free champagne and party favors are included with your ticket.
▪ They're holding a huge festival in September with 70 balloons.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He ballooned to 300 pounds since college.
▪ The program's cost has ballooned from $270 million to more than $1 billion.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As firms' share of total deposits has ballooned, so Sberbank's relative power has shrivelled.
▪ Even as the black population ballooned, whites kept control of the City Council.
▪ He looked at Angelina and overate, the right side of his. face ballooned like a heavyweight squirrel.
▪ In recent years, the local police force has ballooned from two officers to 11.
▪ In this view, hot, insulated mantle wells up beneath a supercontinent, causing it to balloon upward.
▪ Worse, hard drives in recent years have ballooned in size.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Balloon

Balloon \Bal*loon"\, n. [F. ballon, aug. of balle ball: cf. It. ballone. See 1st Ball, n., and cf. Pallone.]

  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 a["e]rial navigation.

  2. (Arch.) A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc., as at St. Paul's, in London. [R.]

  3. (Chem.) A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form.

  4. (Pyrotechnics) A bomb or shell. [Obs.]

  5. A game played with a large inflated ball. [Obs.]

  6. (Engraving) The outline inclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure.

    Air balloon, a balloon for a["e]rial navigation.

    Balloon frame (Carp.), 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.

Balloon

Balloon \Bal*loon"\, v. t. To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.

Balloon

Balloon \Bal*loon"\, v. i.

  1. To go up or voyage in a balloon.

  2. To expand, or puff out, like a balloon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
balloon

1570s, "a game played with a large inflated leather ball," from Italian pallone "large ball," from palla "ball," from a Germanic source akin to Langobardic palla (from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell;" see bole) + -one, suffix indicating great size.\n

\nPerhaps also borrowed in part from French ballon (16c.), altered (after balle) from Italian pallone. It also meant the ball itself (1590s), which was batted back and forth by means of large wooden paddles strapped to the forearms. In 17c., it also meant "a type of fireworks housed in a pasteboard ball" (1630s) and "round ball used as an architectural ornament" (1650s). Acquired modern meaning after Montgolfier brothers' flights, 1783. As a child's toy, it is attested from 1848; as "outline containing words in a comic engraving" it dates from 1844. Also see -oon.

balloon

"to go up in a balloon," 1792; "to swell, puff up," 1841, from balloon (n.). Related: Ballooned; ballooning.

Wiktionary
balloon

n. 1 An inflatable buoyant object, often (but not necessarily) round and flexible. 2 Such an object as a child’s toy. 3 Such an object designed to transport people through the air. 4 (context medicine English) A sac inserted into part of the body for therapeutic reasons; such as angioplasty. 5 A speech bubble. 6 A type of glass cup, sometimes used for brandy. 7 (context architecture English) A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc. 8 (context chemistry English) A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form. 9 (context pyrotechnics English) A bomb or shell. 10 A game played with a large inflated ball. 11 (context engraving English) The outline enclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To increase or expand rapidly. 2 (context intransitive English) To go up or voyage in a balloon. 3 (context transitive English) To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.

WordNet
balloon
  1. n. small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck

  2. large tough non-rigid bag filled with gas or heated air

balloon
  1. v. ride in a hot-air balloon; "He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China"

  2. become inflated; "The sails ballooned" [syn: inflate, billow]

Wikipedia
Balloon (aeronautics)

In aeronautics, a balloon is an unpowered aerostat, which remains aloft or floats due to its buoyancy. A balloon may be free, moving with the wind, or tethered to a fixed point. It is distinct from an airship, which is a powered aerostat that can propel itself through the air in a controlled manner.

Many balloons have a basket, gondola or capsule suspended beneath the main envelope for carrying people or equipment (including cameras and telescopes, and flight-control mechanisms).

Balloon (band)

Balloon were an early 1990s music duo from London, consisting of Ian Bickerton and David Sheppard. Their first and only album, Gravity, was released in 1992 by Dedicated, a British record label known for neo-psychedelia.

Balloon (game)

Balloon, balloon-ball or wind-ball was a game similar to the modern game of volleyball in which a leather ball would be batted by the fist or forearm to prevent it from touching the ground. The game was played in ancient Rome where it was known as follis — the Latin word for a leather bag. Such a ball made of leather was quite heavy and so protection might be used such as a leather gauntlet or wooden bracer.

Once rubber became available, modern players in Great Britain played the game with lighter balls of inflated rubber, so that younger children could play too.

Balloon (film)

Balloon is a 1982 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Ravi Gupthan. The film stars Mammootty, Jagathy Sreekumar, Mukesh and Kaviyoor Ponnamma in lead roles. The film had musical score by M. K. Arjunan.

Balloon (Merse)

The Balloon (in Hungarian: Léghajó) is a work of art by Hungarian artist Pál Szinyei Merse from 1878.

Balloon (2016 film)

Balloon is an upcoming Indian Tamil horror film written and directed by Sinish and produced by Shan Sutharsan. The film stars Jai and Anjali in the leading roles. Featuring music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, the film began production during June 2016, and will be released during late 2016.

Balloon (disambiguation)

A balloon is a flexible container for (partially or fully) confining a gas.

Types of Balloon include:

  • Toy balloon
  • Balloon (aeronautics)
    • Hot air balloon
    • Gas balloon
    • Weather balloon
    • High-altitude balloon
    • Research balloon
    • Observation balloon
    • Solar balloon

Balloon may also refer to:

  • Ballooning (spider), riding, by a spider, on a wind-driven spider-silk structure
  • Speech balloon, including thought balloon, scream balloon, etc.
  • Balloon, member of one of the classes of fairy chess pieces
  • Construction technique of balloon framing
  • Balloon (band)
  • Balloon (game)
  • Balloon (typeface)
  • Brandy balloon
  • Economic bubble
  • Trial balloon, action to covertly gauge public interest
  • Balloon help, a help system introduced by Apple Computer in their 1991 release of System 7.0
  • Balloon loop, a track system to allow trains to reverse direction
  • BBC One 'Balloon' idents, better known as simply "Balloon", a series of television idents for BBC One from 1997 to 2000
  • Blown up short pin able to carry an indicating letter within as markers for positions on maps, like in google maps
  • English Electric Balloon tram, type of double-deck tramcar used in Blackpool, England
Balloon (typeface)

Balloon is a brush script commonly used for signage or display purposes. It was designed in 1939 by Max R. Kaufmann, for American Type Founders, in response to Howard Allen Trafton'sCartoon, cut for Bauer Type Foundry in 1936. It had no lowercase letters and was cast in Light, Bold, and Extra Bold. The two lighter weights were identical with Kaufmann Script and so could be used as alternate capitals for that face. It is most notably used in the Madeline books, TV series and film. The Nickelodeon logo from 1984 to 2009 used this font in white letters with an orange splat background.

This font was digitized by Bitstream Inc.

Category:American Type Founders typefaces Category:Casual script typefaces Category:1939 introductions Category:Typefaces designed by Max R. Kaufmann

Balloon

A balloon is a flexible bag that can be inflated with a gas, such as helium, hydrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen, or air. Modern day balloons are made from materials such as rubber, latex, polychloroprene, or a nylon fabric, and can come in many colors. Some early balloons were made of dried animal bladders, such as the pig bladder. Some balloons are used for decorative purposes, while others are used for practical purposes such as meteorology, medical treatment, military defense, or transportation. A balloon's properties, including its low density and low cost, have led to a wide range of applications.

The rubber balloon was invented by Michael Faraday in 1824, during experiments with various gases.

Usage examples of "balloon".

The divine afflatus left him like air oozing from a punctured toy-balloon, and, like such a balloon, he seemed to grow suddenly limp and flat.

Hell, if we could control our automation properly we could house three thousand in this balloon.

Rouleau, as instructed, made his preparation for the ballooning with slow deliberation, giving Fitzfarris ample time to do a booming business with his game.

Day by day the ballooning fever grew more intense, and when the King of Sweden visited Paris of course he had to be entertained with a grand display of the new discovery.

Anyway, this was more important than ballooning so Stafford picked up the telephone to cancel the appointment with Hunt.

And while in ballooning there is no wind, since the balloon is a part of the wind, flying is a wild perpetual creation of and plunging into wind.

As far as the scale of things was concerned, he might have been ballooning over an ordinary cloudscape in India.

As far as the scale of things was concerned, he might have been ballooning over an ordinary cboudscape on Earth.

The place looked sensational, as always, with balloons and strolling guitarists, an enormous buffet supper, and a merengue band.

His popularity might have been because he taught in an informal manner, often relating anecdotes and digressing into such topics as astronomy, meteorology, geology, biology, and agronomy, even balloon navigation and the use of artillery.

You had plans for a monolayer membrane to cap your work, resting atop the whole atmosphere, the largest balloon ever conceived.

Joya showed me the small instrument panel and explained it to me: variometer for rate of ascent and descent, pyrometer for temperature up in the crown of the balloon, compass-which she said was not very meaningful because there was no way to steer once you were aloft.

As the men were hooking the load cables to the tie blocks, Joya showed me the small instrument panel and explained it to me: variometer for rate of ascent and descent, pyrometer for temperature up in the crown of the balloon, compass-which she said was not very meaningful because there was no way to steer once you were aloft.

He saw the flat green mirror of the water, the red and green tracers rising from the merchant ships, slow as little balloons, queuing up to accelerate round his head and kick the water to foam.

With the basket tied down, he operated the recondensing apparatus that released stored hydrogen gas into the inner and outer balloons.