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.

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In Blanchard’s day, hot air ballooning fascinated the founding fathers. Cassie Owens,, "Pioneering black hot air balloon pilot returns to Philly," 19 Mar. 2018 For the past year, the reserve has also been the locale for a remarkable new venture that combines hot-air ballooning with an introduction to falconry, the Arab world’s most ancient and venerated sport. New York Times, "In Dubai, Flying With the Falcons," 17 Jan. 2018 Besides pointing to the ballooning costs and delays, critics have questioned the very necessity of a building a new mega-rocket rather than relying upon smaller existing rockets or new ones under development by private industry. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Not Going Back to the Moon: A Brief Timeline," 27 Mar. 2019 An aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in your brain that develops due to a weakness in the artery wall. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived 2 Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 Other vital programs, like Social Security, may also be on the line as the ballooning of the deficit strengthens the hands of those in Washington who have long called for benefits cuts. Sarah Anderson, Fortune, "Commentary: Trump's Policies Will Devastate the People He Used as Props for His Speech," 31 Jan. 2018 At times, immigrants were transported from Texas to Border Patrol facilities in other states so agents could keep up with ballooning arrivals. Washington Post, "Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration," 21 June 2018 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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