bal·​loon·​ing | \bə-ˈlü-niŋ \

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.

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The crackdown has put pressure on the federal justice system along the Southwest border as law enforcement, detentions and courts have tried to adjust to the ballooning caseload. Kristina Davis,, "Problems getting detainees to court on time magnified under 'zero-tolerance' immigration crackdown," 24 June 2018 While Patience is defending the property from developers, Castor hopes to sell his share to deal with ballooning mortgage payments. The Enquirer,, "Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will write new work for Cincinnati Opera's centennial," 10 July 2018 With Barça’s ballooning costs, the membership fees from its socios today generate just 5% of its revenue. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "Inside FC Barcelona's Global Football Empire," 21 Mar. 2018 Although wind does play an important role in the ballooning process and the subsequent miles spiders travel, this study shows that ballooning behavior is sparked by electric fields. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Spiders use electricity to fly thousands of miles, research shows," 6 July 2018 It’s possible; HBO has been expressing a general unease with the ballooning costs of expensive series like Westworld, which could mean the creators are hedging their bets. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld Season 3—Everything We Know So Far," 25 June 2018 Leet, who is the council's Republican leader, expressed concern over the review's cost ballooning from $50,000 to $140,000. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Council President says Explorer Scout report to be released Wednesday," 24 June 2018 While scientists have long known about ballooning, the mechanisms of this remarkable arachnid ability are not well understood. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Wind," 18 June 2018 While scientists have known that ballooning exists for decades, the exact mechanism spiders use has been something of a mystery. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Amazing Footage Reveals How Spiders Fly," 15 June 2018

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1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ballooning was in 1784

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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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