What does ballast mean?

Definitions for ballastˈbæl əst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ballast.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballast(noun)

    any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship

  2. ballast(noun)

    coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads

  3. ballast(noun)

    an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings

  4. ballast resistor, ballast, barretter(noun)

    a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)

  5. ballast, light ballast(verb)

    an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps

  6. ballast(verb)

    make steady with a ballast


  1. ballast(Noun)

    Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.

  2. ballast(Noun)

    Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.

  3. ballast(Noun)

    Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.

  4. ballast(Noun)

    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.

  5. ballast(Noun)

    device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g.in a tube lamp supply circuit)

  6. ballast(Verb)

    To stabilize or load a ship with ballast.

  7. ballast(Verb)

    To lay ballast on the bed of a railroad track.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballast(adj)

    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

  2. Ballast(adj)

    any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness

  3. Ballast(adj)

    gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad to make it firm and solid

  4. Ballast(adj)

    the larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete

  5. Ballast(adj)

    fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security

  6. Ballast(verb)

    to steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold

  7. Ballast(verb)

    to fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid

  8. Ballast(verb)

    to keep steady; to steady, morally

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ballast

    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. barlastbar, bare, and last, load, the mere load.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Penn:

    Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.

  2. Minna Antrim:

    Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    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

  4. Brett Redman:

    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.

  5. Professor Richard Sanders:

    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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