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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.
a. See speech bubble.
b. See thought bubble.
5. A balloon payment.
v. bal·looned, bal·loon·ing, bal·loons
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.
To cause to expand by or as if by inflating: unforeseen expenditures that ballooned the deficit.
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.


(bəˈlu nɪst)

one who ascends in a balloon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.balloonist - someone who flies a balloonballoonist - someone who flies a balloon    
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills


[bəˈluːnɪst] Nascensionista mf, aeronauta mf


[bəˈluːnɪst] naéronaute mf


nBallonfahrer(in) m(f)


[bəˈluːnɪst] naeronauta m/f
References in classic literature ?
Directly below him the balloonist would have seen the network of streets far and wide, houses, churches, squares, crescents, gardens--already derelict--spread out like a huge map, and in the southward BLOTTED.
After a time," continued Oz, "I tired of that, and became a balloonist.
I was a balloonist for many years, and once my balloon carried me to the Land of Oz, and once to the Vegetable Kingdom.
The balloonist, adventurer and pal of Richard Branson took off alone in a light plane in Nevada, US, and vanished on September 3, 2007.
One example of the differences between the sites is the case of famous balloonist George Lempriere.
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The solo record he set in Texas 17 years ago was smashed by Indian balloonist Vijaypat Singhania, who soared to 69,852ft, almost 5,000ft higher than Mr Lindstrand.
1740 - Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, pioneer balloonist, was born in France.
A British woman has abandoned her attempt to set a new world altitude record for a female balloonist.
Miles' fascination with flying persists, however, and finds its counterpart in Isabel whose own obsession is reflected in the statuette of a balloonist she has kept on her desk at home.
BALLOONIST Steve Fossett was last night approaching the finish line of his world record quest.
In 1998, Rutan and balloonist Dave Melton tried to fly a balloon nonstop around the world, but a little over an hour after takeoff bailed out into a cactus-studded New Mexico cow pasture.