bal·​loon·​ing | \ bə-ˈlü-niŋ How to pronounce ballooning (audio) \

Definition of ballooning

: the act or sport of riding in a balloon

Examples of ballooning in a Sentence

She's always wanted to go ballooning.
Recent Examples on the Web Horseback riding, hot-air ballooning, golf, fishing, or hiking are also available. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "9 Weekend Getaways From San Diego That Will Bring You to Mountains, Deserts, National Parks, Vineyards, and More," 31 July 2020 In chilly Andean winter temperatures, hundreds of people with breathing difficulty have lined up outside testing sites, according to the AP, while overwhelmed hospitals have added tents to handle a ballooning number of patients. Washington Post, "Live updates: White House says emergency payments likely to stop; U.S. tallies 1,400 coronavirus deaths in a day," 30 July 2020 Following the Great Recession, Phoenix faced ballooning pension liabilities, which forced the city to look at reforms to the city's retirement system. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Supreme Court says Phoenix city employees must stop 'pension spiking'," 10 July 2020 The move comes after many called on the governor to take more direct action to slow the ballooning numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "This Tempe bar may have allowed staff to keep working after testing positive for COVID-19," 3 July 2020 And with the ballooning deficit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for government revenue might be enough motivation to yield agreement on a carbon tax. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""We are at a crossroads": House Democrats release plan to address climate crisis," 30 June 2020 How about 11 more points, despite limping and hopping around to keep the pressure off his ballooning foot? Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Isiah Thomas produced historic game. Then Detroit Pistons were robbed of first NBA title," 19 June 2020 Now Kiefer is among thousands of citizens-in-waiting who, amid a ballooning backlog, may be unable to complete their naturalizations in time to vote in November. Miriam Jordan,, "Pandemic delays US citizenship for thousands," 17 June 2020 Melvin Willis, a Richmond city councilman and protest organizer, said the sheriff’s budget keeps ballooning, while important programs aren’t funded. Matthias Gafni,, "Black Lives Matter protesters drive through Danville to rally at sheriff’s house," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of ballooning

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ballooning was in 1784

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3 Aug 2020

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“Ballooning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballooning

: the activity or sport of riding in a hot air balloon

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