What does balloon mean?

Definitions for balloon
bəˈlunbal·loon

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. balloon(noun)

    large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

  2. balloon(verb)

    small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck

  3. balloon(verb)

    ride in a hot-air balloon

    "He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China"

  4. balloon, inflate, billow(verb)

    become inflated

    "The sails ballooned"

Wiktionary

  1. balloon(Noun)

    An inflatable buoyant object, often (but not necessarily) round and flexible.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  2. balloon(Noun)

    Such an object as a child's toy.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  3. balloon(Noun)

    Such an object designed to transport people through the air.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  4. balloon(Noun)

    A sac inserted into part of the body for therapeutic reasons; such as angioplasty.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  5. balloon(Noun)

    A speech bubble.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  6. balloon(Noun)

    A type of glass cup, sometimes used for brandy.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  7. balloon(Verb)

    To increase or expand rapidly.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

  8. balloon(Verb)

    To go up or voyage in a balloon.

    Etymology: 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via ballon) from pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", of origin, from palla "ball" from ballô, from bholn-, from . Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" ( Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balloon(noun)

    a bag made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise and float in the atmosphere; especially, one with a car attached for aerial navigation

  2. Balloon(noun)

    a ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc., as at St. Paul's, in London

  3. Balloon(noun)

    a round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form

  4. Balloon(noun)

    a bomb or shell

  5. Balloon(noun)

    a game played with a large inflated ball

  6. Balloon(noun)

    the outline inclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure

  7. Balloon(verb)

    to take up in, or as if in, a balloon

  8. Balloon(verb)

    to go up or voyage in a balloon

  9. Balloon(verb)

    to expand, or puff out, like a balloon

Freebase

  1. Balloon

    A balloon is a flexible bag which can be inflated with a gas, such as helium, hydrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen, or air. Modern balloons are made from materials such as rubber, latex, polychloroprene, or a nylon fabric, while some early balloons were made of dried animal bladders, such as the pig bladder. Some balloons are used for decorative purposes, while others are used for practical purposes such as meteorology, medical treatment, military defense, or transportation. A balloon's properties, including its low density and low cost, have led to a wide range of applications. The rubber balloon was invented by Michael Faraday in 1824, during the course of experiments with various gases.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Balloon

    bal-lōōn′, n. an inflated air-tight envelope of paper or silk, constructed to float in the air and carry a considerable weight when filled with heated air or light gas: anything inflated, empty: (obs.) a game played with a large inflated ball.—v.i. to ascend in a balloon: to puff out like a balloon.—n. Balloon′ist, an aeronaut. [It. ballone, augmentative of balla, ball.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. balloon

    A bag or hollow vessel, made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise and float in the atmosphere; called for distinction an air-balloon. Balloons were used extensively as a means of observation during the American civil war, 1861-65, and in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.

Rap Dictionary

  1. balloon(noun)

    Heroin supplier or dealer.

  2. balloon(noun)

    A penny balloon that contains narcotics.

  3. balloon(noun)

    Slang for condom.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'balloon' in Nouns Frequency: #2963

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How to say balloon in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of balloon in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of balloon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of balloon in a Sentence

  1. Morrow Mayo:

    Here is an artificial city which has been pumped up under forced draught, inflated like a balloon, stuffed with rural humanity like a goose with corn...endeavoring to eat up this too rapid avalanche of anthropoids, the sunshine metropolis heaves and strains, sweats and becomes pop-eyed, like a young boa constrictor trying to swallow a goat. It has never imparted an urban character to its incoming population for the simple reason that it has never had any character to impart. On the other hand, the place has the manners, culture and general outlook of a huge country village.

  2. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Imagination is to love what gas is to the balloon — that which raises it from the earth.

  3. Karen Clay:

    I just feel crushed. I don't know how else to explain it, it's like, there's got to be more. ... We had inflated Mueller into this giant balloon and now it's like all the air has come out and I don't know how I feel. I just, I just feel deflated and defeated.

  4. Wendy Murphy:

    They might be using the high-profile nature of the proceeding to continue to build a narrative in the court of public opinion, the defense could have information that we haven't heard yet that they want to play out in sort of a trial balloon sense. What would the public reaction be to new information about motive and so forth?

  5. Carolyn Brockington:

    The more newer approach is an endovascular approach using an angiogram. They go into the balloon itself and fill the balloon with small coil so blood can’t go into the balloon, and therefore the aneurysm deflates.

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