- a bag made of thin rubber or other light material, usually brightly colored, inflated with air or with some lighter-than-air gas and used as a children's plaything or as a decoration.
- a bag made of a light material, as silk or plastic, filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air, designed to rise and float in the atmosphere and often having a car or gondola attached below for carrying passengers or scientific instruments.
- (in drawings, cartoons, etc.) a balloon-shaped outline enclosing words represented as issuing from the mouth of the speaker.
- an ornamental ball at the top of a pillar, pier, or the like.
- a large, globular wineglass.
- Chemistry Now Rare. a round-bottomed flask.
- to go up or ride in a balloon.
- to swell or puff out like a balloon.
- to multiply or increase at a rapid rate: Membership has ballooned beyond all expectations.
- to fill with air; inflate or distend (something) like a balloon.
- puffed out like a balloon: balloon sleeves.
- Finance. (of a loan, mortgage, or the like) having a payment at the end of the term that is much bigger than previous ones.
Origin of balloon
Examples from the Web for ballooning
“I think one interesting facet is how these stars are ballooning without any real traditional [media] support,” Fishman says.Back Off, B*tches. There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen
May 9, 2014
Next came an economic downturn, in 1990, coupled with ballooning deficits.What Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush Have in Common
October 27, 2012
Instead, she launched into the now-very familiar GOP talking points about ballooning food stamps rolls and weak jobs reports.Bill Clinton, Reince Priebus, Ann Coulter, and More Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
September 23, 2012
Since then she has dodged demands from the hotel to settle her ballooning bill, French daily Le Parisien reported.Saudi Princess Dodges $8m bill
June 4, 2012
That is, until the other party abandons the idea of any tax increase whatsoever to bring down the ballooning national debt.Why Eric Cantor Bailed
June 24, 2011
Piles may co-exist in some cases of ballooning, but are usually not annoying.Intestinal Ills
Alcinous Burton Jamison
That dear woman is ballooning, and without a boy of her own for ballast.The Face of the Fields
Dallas Lore Sharp
Robertson was a contemporary of Pinetti, and, like him, a pioneer in ballooning.
In fact his fame is based on his ballooning, and he is said to have been the inventor of the parachute.
Two curiosities of ballooning are connected with these gardens.Cremorne and the Later London Gardens
- an inflatable rubber bag of various sizes, shapes, and colours: usually used as a plaything or party decoration
- a large impermeable bag inflated with a lighter-than-air gas, designed to rise and float in the atmosphere. It may have a basket or gondola for carrying passengers, etcSee also barrage balloon, hot-air balloon
- a circular or elliptical figure containing the words or thoughts of a character in a cartoon
- a kick or stroke that propels a ball high into the air
- (as modifier)a balloon shot
- chem a round-bottomed flask
- a large rounded brandy glass
- a large sum paid as an irregular instalment of a loan repayment
- (as modifier)a balloon loan
- an inflatable plastic tube used for dilating obstructed blood vessels or parts of the alimentary canal
- (as modifier)balloon angioplasty
- go down like a lead balloon informal to be completely unsuccessful or unpopular
- when the balloon goes up informal when the trouble or action begins
- (intr) to go up or fly in a balloon
- (intr) to increase or expand significantly and rapidlylosses ballooned to £278 million
- to inflate or be inflated; distend; swellthe wind ballooned the sails
- (tr) British to propel (a ball) high into the air
Word Origin and History for ballooning
1570s, "a game played with a large inflated leather ball," from Italian pallone "large ball," from palla "ball," from a Germanic source akin to Langobardic palla (from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell;" see bole) + -one, suffix indicating great size.
Perhaps also borrowed in part from French ballon (16c.), altered (after balle) from Italian pallone. It also meant the ball itself (1590s), which was batted back and forth by means of large wooden paddles strapped to the forearms. In 17c., it also meant "a type of fireworks housed in a pasteboard ball" (1630s) and "round ball used as an architectural ornament" (1650s). Acquired modern meaning after Montgolfier brothers' flights, 1783. As a child's toy, it is attested from 1848; as "outline containing words in a comic engraving" it dates from 1844. Also cf. -oon.
"to go up in a balloon," 1792; "to swell, puff up," 1841, from balloon (n.). Related: Ballooned; ballooning.
- An inflatable spherical device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes.