a bag made of thin rubber or other light material, usually brightly colored, inflated with air or with some lighter-than-air gas and used as a children's plaything or as a decoration.
a bag made of a light material, as silk or plastic, filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air, designed to rise and float in the atmosphere and often having a car or gondola attached below for carrying passengers or scientific instruments.
(in drawings, cartoons, etc.) a balloon-shaped outline enclosing words represented as issuing from the mouth of the speaker.
an ornamental ball at the top of a pillar, pier, or the like.
a large, globular wineglass.
Chemistry Now Rare. a round-bottomed flask.
to go up or ride in a balloon.
to swell or puff out like a balloon.
to multiply or increase at a rapid rate: Membership has ballooned beyond all expectations.
to fill with air; inflate or distend (something) like a balloon.
puffed out like a balloon: balloon sleeves.
Finance. (of a loan, mortgage, or the like) having a payment at the end of the term that is much bigger than previous ones.
- bal·loon·like, adjective
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How to use balloon in a sentence
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.
A report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer describes balloons being released into the night sky.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim | Michael Daly | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She writes on a computer in a drawing program, creating panels and word balloons.
Simple, cheap, and able to spy for miles around, these updates to classic recon balloons are now a battlefield fixture.
It is perhaps somewhat superfluous to say that the Russian Government at once adopted these balloons for war purposes.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
At other times, free balloons are liberated, carrying sets of automatic registering instruments.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
It was small, of twelve thousand cubic feet capacity, as compared with the seventy thousand foot balloons that do the racing.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
The principle of the construction of balloons is, therefore, in perfect harmony with physical laws.Wonderful Balloon Ascents | Fulgence Marion
Buying bread balloons will be the big event of the day for kiddies.Bread Overhead | Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for balloon
an inflatable rubber bag of various sizes, shapes, and colours: usually used as a plaything or party decoration
a circular or elliptical figure containing the words or thoughts of a character in a cartoon
a kick or stroke that propels a ball high into the air
(as modifier): a balloon shot
chem a round-bottomed flask
a large rounded brandy glass
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
go down like a lead balloon informal to be completely unsuccessful or unpopular
when the balloon goes up informal when the trouble or action begins
(intr) to go up or fly in a balloon
(intr) to increase or expand significantly and rapidly: losses ballooned to £278 million
to inflate or be inflated; distend; swell: the wind ballooned the sails
(tr) British to propel (a ball) high into the air
- ballooning, noun
- balloonist, noun
- balloon-like, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with balloon
In addition to the idiom beginning with balloon
- balloon goes up, the
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- trial balloon
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