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 balloons
Shortly thereafter, Facebook announced a similar initiative, although their plan calls for the use of drones instead of balloons.
South Korean activists are already planning to loft them over the Demilitarized Zone in balloons.
As the balloons and electricity scared us, inhibitions were naturally lowered and I saw the flirtation begin.
I had 17 32,000-watt balloons rigged to 100-foot rain bars, and four cameras in the rain.‘Noah’ is a Global Warming Epic About the Battle Between Religion and Science, Says Cinematographer|Marlow Stern|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We want 73 party hats, 400 balloons, a cake for 125 and any of the girls that are available in those costumes you sent up before.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is proper here to remark that the first balloons were much more elegant in appearance than those afterwards made.Wonderful Balloon Ascents|Fulgence Marion
I zigzagged about a bit, still heading for the balloons, and when within two hundred yards opened fire.Sixty Squadron R.A.F.|Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
Clouds, balloons, and kites naturally supplement one another.Sounding the Ocean of Air|A. Lawrence Rotch
If two balloons of exactly the same weight before inflation are filled, one with the comparatively heavy coal gas which weighs oz.The Romance of Aircraft|Lawrence Yard Smith
Balloons were used again on active service in the following year, 1885, in the Soudan.The War in the Air; Vol. 1|Walter Raleigh.
- 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