any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
ballast resistor, ballast, barretter(noun)
a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
ballast, light ballast(verb)
an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
make steady with a ballast
Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.
Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.
A material, such as aggregate or precast concrete pavers, which employs its mass and the force of gravity to hold single-ply roof membranes in place.
device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g.in a tube lamp supply circuit)
To stabilize or load a ship with ballast.
To lay ballast on the bed of a railroad track.
any heavy substance, as stone, iron, etc., put into the hold to sink a vessel in the water to such a depth as to prevent capsizing
any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness
gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad to make it firm and solid
the larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete
fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security
to steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold
to fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid
to keep steady; to steady, morally
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bal′last, n. heavy matter employed to give a ship sufficient immersion in the water, to insure her safe sailing with spread canvas, when her cargo and equipment are too light: that which renders anything steady.—v.t. to load with ballast: to make or keep steady: (Shak.) load.—n. Bal′last-heav′er. [Probably the Old Sw. barlast—bar, bare, and last, load, the mere load.]
The numerical value of ballast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of ballast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast.
Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life
The built sites provide ballast and cashflow, it becomes real at the very beginning and that turns this from an announcement in to a genuine fund with genuine cash.
If we can get the density of this instrument just right, it will sit neither sinking nor floating. Now that's easy to say but it's actually a considerable challenge to do... They weigh about 100 kilograms and we need to ballast them to approximately better than one gram. So that's a considerable challenge. The way that we do that is by putting them in tanks of water... and adding weights until they're just sinking; at which point we know they have the same density as the water that they're sitting in.
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Translations for ballast
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- баласт, товар, баластраBulgarian
- beschottern, Schotter, ballasten, Bettung, BallastGerman
- σαβούρα, έρμαGreek
- balastro, balastra, balasto, lastre, lastrarSpanish
- ballast, ballastimaEstonian
- kuristin, painolasti, tasapainottaa, sepelöidäFinnish
- lest, ballaster, ballastFrench
- balastizar, balastoIdo
- zavorra, regolatore, massicciataItalian
- ballastiKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- pēhanga kowhatu, taowakaMāori
- bedding, ballast, ballastbedDutch
- fundament, ballast, ballasteNorwegian
- lastro, balastroPortuguese
- balast, lestRomanian
- balast, баластSerbo-Croatian
- balast, balastojAlbanian
- barlast, ballastSwedish
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