But are the ballast masses, so critical for the Apollo entry guidance to work properly, really gone as they should be?
Her ballast was silver, her cargo gold and emeralds and rubies.
The water rushed from the tanks, and flowed away into the ballast underneath.
On vessels in ballast without passengers or cargo forty per cent.
The screw is always edging a ship off, and the lighter the ballast the wider the yaw.
Place it upon its side and weight it with lead or other material, making this ballast fast so that it cannot move about.
The least one can do is to rush to this side or that and thus make “ballast.”
It carries an immense quantity of iron, or even lead, ballast.
To make it soar well or sail well, friendship must have ballast.
They are like the ballast with which every ship is always loaded, at once to keep it upright and enable it to sail properly.
"heavy material used to steady a ship," 1520s, from Middle English bar "bare" (see bare; in this case "mere") + last "a load, burden," or borrowed from identical terms in North Sea Germanic and Scandinavian (cf. Old Danish barlast, 14c.). "Mere" because not carried for commercial purposes. Dutch balg-last "ballast," literally "belly-load," is a folk-etymology corruption.