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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Along the way, Zunica’s strikeout rate jumped from 28.7 percent to 30.9, although that’s not as glaring with Zunica’s slugging percentage ballooning by more than 100 points. Jeff Sanders,, "First basemen to watch in the Padres' farm system," 19 Sep. 2017 But unlike the dot-com boom, when seemingly any 20-something with an idea was handed a check, investors are concentrating more money into fewer deals, leading to ballooning valuations. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "More Venture-Capital Money Is Going Into Fewer Startup Deals," 11 Nov. 2018 Olympic National Park, located in Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, is faced with a daunting challenge: removing a ballooning mountain goat population that's developed a strong appetite for human pee. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mountain Goats Are Being Airlifted Out of a National Park Because They Crave Human Pee," 28 Sep. 2018 Within days, however, the ballooning uproar pushed the companies to shift course, and the panel fell apart. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "A look at companies embroiled in recent political debates," 4 Sep. 2018 The largest lenders in the United States are enjoying ballooning profits. Jamie Condliffe, New York Times, "Why Have Bank Stocks Had Such a Bad Two Weeks? A Flattening Yield Curve," 28 June 2018 But the scientific implications of a ballooning planet are outrageous to consider, and hard just to reconcile with the basic laws of physics. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 While Maybach represents a fraction of Mercedes’s total deliveries, which last year amounted to 2.4 million vehicles, boosting sales of high-earning models is a necessary counterbalance to ballooning spending that’s weighing on earnings. Fortune, "Mercedes-Benz Aims at Billionaires With New Maybach Crossover," 24 Apr. 2018 Why not just go hot-air ballooning with Richard Branson and call it a day? Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ballooning

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

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