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ballonet

[ bal-uh-ney ]
/ ˌbæl əˈneɪ /
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noun

an air or gasbag compartment in a balloon or airship, used to control buoyancy and maintain shape.

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Origin of ballonet

From French, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at balloon, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for ballonet

ballonet
/ (ˌbæləˈnɛt) /

noun

an air or gas compartment in a balloon or nonrigid airship, used to control buoyancy and shape
C20: from French ballonnet a little balloon
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