verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- ballon d'essai,
- balloon angioplasty,
- balloon barrage,
- balloon chuck,
- balloon clock,
- balloon frame
Origin of balloon
Examples from the Web for balloon
Manned, unmanned, a balloon, a kite—you still have to get the information into the hands of the firefighters.Fighting Wildfire With Satellites, Lasers, and Drones|Elizabeth Lopatto|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A balloon popped and the sound was enough like a gunshot to make everybody jump.
But soon before he could get to work, he lost control of the balloon he had designed and built himself.
Taking your cues from Koons is like singing inside a balloon.From Lady Gaga To Jay-Z, “Serious” Art Is Ruining Pop Music|James Poulos|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Eyebrows Cressida: Imagine eyebrows drawn on a balloon with a blackened cork.
Further, there is provided means for admitting air at will into the balloon, by which the necessity for much ballast is obviated.The Dominion of the Air|J. M. Bacon
First crossing of the English Channel in a balloon—Blanchard, 1785.The Story of Great Inventions|Elmer Ellsworth Burns
Nothing remained to hinder the balloon from ascending but the hands and weight of those who were holding on to it with ropes.Erewhon|Samuel Butler
We got another glimpse of the balloon to cheer us, and were also edified in the course of the day with news of the Belmont battle.The Siege of Kimberley|T. Phelan
"Yes, the basket goes up with the balloon," said Mrs. Bobbsey.The Bobbsey Twins at the County Fair|Laura Lee Hope
- a kick or stroke that propels a ball high into the air
- (as modifier)a balloon shot
- 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
Word Origin for balloon
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with balloon
- balloon goes up, the
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- trial balloon