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 But by the late 2000s, the Roys were saddled with ballooning debt. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 Hot air ballooning is a wonderfully fun and surprisingly tranquil experience for visitors of all ages — especially romance and thrill seekers (what doesn’t say adventure than floating into the sky in a 10 person basket?). Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 14 Dec. 2020 And the relief does nothing to address the ballooning cost of college. Bianca VÁzquez Toness, Chron, 25 Aug. 2022 IndyGo is considering changes to the route for the Blue Line, the transit agency's third bus rapid transit line connecting Cumberland to the Indianapolis International Airport, in light of ballooning project cost estimates. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Aug. 2022 Democrats have been pushing for student debt cancellation for years as one way to address ballooning balances, racial inequities, and a debt load that has been found to hinder the economic prospects of an entire generation. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2022 Picchi conceded that the ballooning student loan debt has taken a substantial toll on the U.S economy, forcing nearly 40 million Americans to delay the acquisition of major assets, such as home purchases, and other life milestones. Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, 24 Aug. 2022 Complaints have mostly focused on the ballooning costs of developing and building the hardware, now known to exceed $40 billion, which some critics say are a consequence of the traditional way in which the agency assembled the spacecraft. Nadia Drake, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2022 Years of economic recession and a ballooning debt crisis have resulted in shuttered schools, cuts in government services, layoffs and university tuition hikes. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

9 Sep 2022

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“Ballooning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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