a lighter-than-air balloon secured to the ground by a tether, often used for military exercises
I painted this picture of the battle of the Aisne from a captive balloon.
The racing was uninteresting, and presently Angela suggested that we should go up in the captive balloon.
Astern of the cruiser is another destroyer, which tows the captive balloon at the end of a very light but strong steel wire.
A captive balloon established on Montmartre from which to observe the movements of the enemy.
It is like being in a captive balloon, except that the connecting cable extends stiffly upward instead of downward.
A captive balloon and six hostile aeroplanes were brought down.
One day they went up in a captive balloon at a fair, and the restraining cable broke.
Four hostile aeroplanes and a captive balloon were brought down.
Every hill, tree-top, church spire, tall building and captive balloon watched every move of the enemy and reported it.
In a high wind a large kite is used in place of a captive balloon.