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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)
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