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balloon

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noun bal·loon \bə-ˈlün\

Definition of balloon

  1. 1 :  a nonporous bag of light material that can be inflated especially with air or gas: such asa :  a bag that is filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air so as to rise and float in the atmosphere and that usually carries a suspended load (such as a gondola with passengers)b :  an inflatable bag (as of rubber or plastic) usually used as a toy or for decoration

  2. 2 :  the outline enclosing words spoken or thought by a figure especially in a cartoon

go over like a lead balloon

or British

go down like a lead balloon

informal

informal

  1. :  to fail completely to impress or amuse other people Not surprisingly, his overt religiosity has proved a mixed blessing. While probably a winner on the stump, it has gone over like a lead balloon with journalists, liberals, and even many Jewish organizations. — Michelle Cottle But the last time I saw it on stage, in Ned Sherrin's 1996 revival, the dialogue bored me rigid and the whole thing … went down like a lead balloon. — David Nice

Examples of balloon in a Sentence

  1. I blew up a balloon but then it burst.

  2. brightly colored balloons and other party decorations

Origin and Etymology of balloon

French ballon large football, balloon, from Italian dialect ballone large football, augmentative of balla ball, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball — more at ball


First Known Use: 1685

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


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balloon

adjective bal·loon

Definition of balloon

  1. 1 :  relating to, resembling, or suggesting a balloon a balloon sleeve

  2. 2 US :  having or being a final installment that is much larger than preceding ones in a term or installment note a balloon note a balloon mortgage Got a commercial mortgage coming due? If the loan requires a balloon payment (as many such mortgages do), you may have a hard time refinancing … — INC

1784

First Known Use of balloon

1784


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balloon

verb bal·loon

Definition of balloon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to swell or puff out :  expand ballooned to 200 pounds

  3. 2 :  to ascend or travel in or as if in a balloon

  4. 3 :  to increase rapidly ballooning prices

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  inflate, increase

Examples of balloon in a Sentence

  1. Their credit card debt ballooned to more than $5,000.

  2. the ballooning costs of education

1784

First Known Use of balloon

1784



BALLOON Defined for English Language Learners

balloon

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Definition of balloon for English Language Learners

  • : a thin usually rubber bag that becomes larger when it is filled with air or gas

  • : a picture or space in a cartoon that contains words that are spoken or thought by a character

balloon

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Definition of balloon for English Language Learners

  • : to become bigger quickly


BALLOON Defined for Kids

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balloon

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noun bal·loon \bə-ˈlün\

Definition of balloon for Students

  1. 1 :  a bag that rises and floats above the ground when filled with heated air or with a gas that is lighter than air

  2. 2 :  a toy or decoration consisting of a rubber bag that can be blown up with air or gas

  3. 3 :  an outline containing words spoken or thought by a character (as in a cartoon)


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verb bal·loon

Definition of balloon for Students

ballooned

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ballooning

  1. :  to swell or puff out


Medical Dictionary

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balloon

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noun bal·loon \bə-ˈlün\

Medical Definition of balloon

  1. :  a nonporous bag of tough light material that can be inflated (as in a bodily cavity) with air or gas gastroesophageal tamponade by introduction of a balloon into the stomach


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balloon

verb bal·loon

Medical Definition of balloon

  1. :  to inflate or distend like a balloon

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to swell or puff out


Law Dictionary

balloon

adjective bal·loon

Legal Definition of balloon

  1. :  being or having a final installment that is much larger than preceding ones in an installment or term loan a balloon payment

Additional Notes on balloon

In contrast to an amortized loan, a balloon loan is generally repaid in periodic payments of interest and a large, lump sum payment of principal at the end of the term.



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