Definitions for: Balloon


[n] large tough non-rigid bag filled with gas or hot air
[n] small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
[v] become inflated; "The sails ballooned"
[v] ride in a hot air balloon



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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


Bal*loon", v. i.
1. To go up or voyage in a balloon.

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

Synonyms: billow, inflate

See Also: aviate, envelope, expand, fly, gasbag, hot-air balloon, lighter-than-air craft, meteorological balloon, pilot, plaything, reflate, ripcord, toy, trial balloon

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