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[ bal-uh-ney ]
/ ˌbæl əˈneɪ /


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

Nearby words

ballistospore, ballium, ballocks, ballon, ballon d'essai, ballonet, ballonné, balloon, balloon angioplasty, balloon barrage, balloon chuck

Origin of ballonet

From French, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at balloon, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ballonet


/ (ˌbæləˈnɛt) /


an air or gas compartment in a balloon or nonrigid airship, used to control buoyancy and shape

Word Origin for ballonet

C20: from French ballonnet a little balloon
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