A child holding a balloon.
- The definition of a balloon is material such as rubber, silk or plastic which can be filled with air or gas.
An example of a balloon is a blimp.
- To balloon is defined as to expand in size or to increase quickly.
- An example of something that may balloon is your stomach after a big meal.
- An example of something that may balloon are the amount of funds raised at a charity event.
- To balloon means to ride in something powered by gas-filled silk or plastic.
An example of someone who may balloon is a person flying a hot air balloon.
- an airtight bag that rises and floats above the earth when filled with hot air or a gas lighter than air, such as hydrogen or helium
- a bag of this sort with an attached car or gondola for carrying passengers or instruments
- any of various small rubber bags that are inflated for use, as a toy or decoration, in a type of catheter, etc.
- the outline enclosing the words or thoughts of a character in a cartoon, as in comic strips
- an installment loan, mortgage loan, etc. allowing small, regular payments during the term of the loan, but having a large, final payment
- the final payment
Origin of balloonFrench ballon, altered (after balle) from Italian pallone, large ball from palla, ball from Langobardic an unverified form palla (OHG balla), ball
- to ride in a balloon
- to swell; expand
- to fall due as a balloon payment
- of or having to do with a balloon or balloons
- like a balloon; round and soft, inflatable, etc.
- a. A flexible bag designed to be inflated with hot air or with a gas, such as helium, that is lighter than the surrounding air, causing it to rise and float in the atmosphere.b. Such a bag with sufficient capacity to lift and transport a suspended gondola or other load.c. Such a bag shaped like a figure or object when inflated; an inflatable.
- A usually round or oblong inflatable rubber bag used as a toy or decoration.
- Medicine An inflatable device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes, such as angioplasty.
- a. See speech bubble .b. See thought bubble .
- A balloon payment.
verbbal·looned, bal·loon·ing, bal·loons
- To ascend or ride in a balloon.
- To expand or swell out like a balloon. See Synonyms at bulge.
- To increase or rise quickly: expenses ballooning out of control.
Origin of balloonFrench ballon from Italian dialectal ballone augmentative of balla ball of Germanic origin ; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- An inflatable buoyant object, often (but not necessarily) round and flexible.
- Such an object as a child’s toy.
- Such an object designed to transport people through the air.
- (medicine) A sac inserted into part of the body for therapeutic reasons; such as angioplasty.
- A speech bubble.
- A type of glass cup, sometimes used for brandy.
- (architecture) A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc.
- the balloon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London
- (chemistry) A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form.
- (pyrotechnics) A bomb or shell.
- A game played with a large inflated ball.
- (engraving) The outline enclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure.
(third-person singular simple present balloons, present participle ballooning, simple past and past participle ballooned)
1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via Middle French ballon) from Italian pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", from Lombardic palla "ball" from Proto-Germanic *ballô (“ball”), from Proto-Indo-European *bholn- (“bubble”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to blow, swell, inflate”). Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" (German Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.