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 Boland owned Post Mills Airport and was well known in the ballooning community., 17 July 2021 The serenades emerged not just from Sivuqaq’s mustachioed mouth, but also from his nose and flippers and chest, as well as from the ballooning pouch buttressing the back of his head. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 June 2021 Since 2008, there have been 12 fatal hot air ballooning accidents in the United States, according to an NTSB database. Felicia Fonseca, ajc, 27 June 2021 Albuquerque has an active hot air ballooning scene, and pilots are used to navigating the windy weather in the Southwest, Gallegos said., 26 June 2021 But a mix of a ballooning population, regional conflicts, chronic industrial and agricultural mismanagement and now climate change may soon bring it another distinction: the first nation to possibly lose viable sources of freshwater. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 The country faces a ballooning deficit, accusations of government corruption, and tanking sovereign debt ratings. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 18 June 2021 That has added to the ballooning federal stockpile. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 12 June 2021 At times this was explicit, as in his science-fiction tales that took the form of medical case histories, or travelogues and news reports about ballooning. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 11 June 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Ballooning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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