ballast

as in cargo
heavy material (such as rocks or water) that is put on a ship to make it steady or on a balloon to control its height in the air
often used figuratively
A large amount of ballast kept the boat from capsizing. She provided the ballast the family needed in times of stress.

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“Ballast.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ballast. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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