Balloon meaning

bə-lo͝on
A balloon payment.
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To ascend or ride in a balloon.
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To cause to expand by or as if by inflating.

Unforeseen expenditures that ballooned the deficit.

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To expand or swell out like a balloon.
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To increase or rise quickly.

Expenses ballooning out of control.

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Suggestive of a balloon, as in shape.

Balloon curtains.

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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.
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A bag of this sort with an attached car or gondola for carrying passengers or instruments.
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Any of various small rubber bags that are inflated for use, as a toy or decoration, in a type of catheter, etc.
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The outline enclosing the words or thoughts of a character in a cartoon, as in comic strips.
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To cause to swell like a balloon; inflate.
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To ride in a balloon.
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To swell; expand.
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To fall due as a balloon payment.
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Of or having to do with a balloon or balloons.
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Like a balloon; round and soft, inflatable, etc.
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An inflatable device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes, such as angioplasty.
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An inflatable buoyant object, often (but not necessarily) round and flexible.
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Such an object as a child’s toy.
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Such an object designed to transport people through the air.
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(medicine) A sac inserted into part of the body for therapeutic reasons; such as angioplasty.
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A speech bubble.
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A type of glass cup, sometimes used for brandy.
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(architecture) A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc.

The balloon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

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(chemistry) A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form.
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(pyrotechnics) A bomb or shell.
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A game played with a large inflated ball.
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(engraving) The outline enclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure.
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(intransitive) To increase or expand rapidly.

His stomach ballooned from eating such a large meal.

Prices will balloon if we don't act quickly.

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(intransitive) To go up or voyage in a balloon.
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To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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A usually round or oblong inflatable rubber bag used as a toy or decoration.
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(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.
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A rounded or irregularly shaped outline containing the words that a character in a cartoon is represented to be saying.
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Origin of balloon

  • French ballon from Italian dialectal ballone augmentative of balla ball of Germanic origin bhel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary