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bal·loon

 (bə-lo͞on′)
n.
1.
a. A flexible bag designed to be inflated with hot air or with a gas, such as helium, that is lighter than the surrounding air, causing it to rise and float in the atmosphere.
b. Such a bag with sufficient capacity to lift and transport a suspended gondola or other load.
c. Such a bag shaped like a figure or object when inflated; an inflatable.
2. A usually round or oblong inflatable rubber bag used as a toy or decoration.
3. Medicine An inflatable device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes, such as angioplasty.
4.
a. See speech bubble.
b. See thought bubble.
5. A balloon payment.
v. bal·looned, bal·loon·ing, bal·loons
v.intr.
1. To ascend or ride in a balloon.
2. To expand or swell out like a balloon. See Synonyms at bulge.
3. To increase or rise quickly: expenses ballooning out of control.
v.tr.
To cause to expand by or as if by inflating: unforeseen expenditures that ballooned the deficit.
adj.
Suggestive of a balloon, as in shape: balloon curtains.

[French ballon, from Italian dialectal ballone, augmentative of balla, ball, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bal·loon′ist n.

ballooning

the art and science of operating balloons for sport or air travel. Also balloonry.
See also: Aviation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ballooning - flying in a balloonballooning - flying in a balloon      
flying, flight - an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"
Translations

ballooning

[bəˈluːnɪŋ] N to go ballooningmontar en globo

ballooning

[bəˈluːnɪŋ]
n (also hot-air ballooning) to go ballooning → faire de la montgolfière
adj (= increasing) [deficit, debt, costs] → galopant(e)
References in classic literature ?
Later he met a prima donna, fell in love with and married her, forsook telephony for ballooning, and lost his life in attempting to fly across the English Channel.
Flying slumped, even ballooning fell away to some extent, though it remained a fairly popular sport, and continued to lift gravel from the wharf of the Bun Hill gas-works and drop it upon deserving people's lawns and gardens.