balloon

noun
bal·​loon | \ bə-ˈlün How to pronounce balloon (audio) \
plural balloons

Definition of balloon

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a nonporous bag of light material that can be inflated especially with air or gas: such as
a : a bag that is filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air so as to rise and float in the atmosphere and that usually carries a suspended load (such as a gondola with passengers)
b : an inflatable bag (as of rubber or plastic) usually used as a toy or for decoration
c medical : a small bag that can be inflated (as in a bodily cavity) with air or gas More than 700,000 Americans undergo procedures in which clogged arteries are cleared out with a balloon and then propped open with a tiny metal scaffold called a stent.— Ron Winslow
2 : the outline enclosing words spoken or thought by a figure especially in a cartoon
go over like a lead balloon (US) or British go down like a lead balloon
informal
: to fail completely to impress or amuse other people Not surprisingly, his overt religiosity has proved a mixed blessing. While probably a winner on the stump, it has gone over like a lead balloon with journalists, liberals, and even many Jewish organizations.— Michelle Cottle But the last time I saw it on stage, in Ned Sherrin's 1996 revival, the dialogue bored me rigid and the whole thing … went down like a lead balloon.— David Nice

balloon

adjective

Definition of balloon (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, resembling, or suggesting a balloon a balloon sleeve
2 US : having or being a final installment that is much larger than preceding ones in a term or installment note a balloon note a balloon mortgage Got a commercial mortgage coming due? If the loan requires a balloon payment (as many such mortgages do), you may have a hard time refinancing …INC

balloon

verb
ballooned; ballooning; balloons

Definition of balloon (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to swell or puff out : expand ballooned to 200 pounds
2 : to ascend or travel in or as if in a balloon
3 : to increase rapidly ballooning prices

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Examples of balloon in a Sentence

Noun I blew up a balloon but then it burst. brightly colored balloons and other party decorations Verb Their credit card debt ballooned to more than $5,000. the ballooning costs of education
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Poynter and her husband, Taber MacCallum, cofounder of Space Perspective, developed and launched the space balloon that carried Alan Eustace to his record-breaking parachute jump of 135,980 feet in 2014. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 5 Sep. 2021 The pink Mylar balloon floating near Bubbly Creek would have once faced an equally fateful reckoning on the continent's other great divide, the one that split the Mississippi River basin from the waters of the Great Lakes. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Yet other factors would work in the balloon’s favor. Chris Wright, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 The balloon flew northeast along the Connecticut River, cruising for about 45 minutes before Boland reported that the pilot light on the burner was out. Fox News, 3 Aug. 2021 Parents had to shell out additional money for the kids attractions and the three carnival games: ring the bell, pop the balloon, and dunk the basketball. Diane Moca, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021 The balloon took off from the Post Mills airport Thursday afternoon. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 Brian Boland was piloting the balloon, according to his partner, Tina Foster. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 The balloon took off from the Post Mills airport Thursday afternoon. CBS News, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As mainstream-game-development costs balloon to meet the increasingly high standards of players who expect every modern release to look beautiful and play smoothly, the need to create for as wide an audience as possible will only continue. Reid Mccarter, Wired, 4 Sep. 2021 The Democrats’ reconciliation package envisions a trend in federal spending that would balloon the national debt well past $33 trillion in fiscal 2024 and to $45 trillion—more than $350,000 per taxpayer—by 2031. Thom Tillis, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 After listening to the overview, Liccardo warned that a plethora of small projects could fall victim to the convoluted regional and statewide decision-making processes that often cause timelines to drag and costs to balloon. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Aug. 2021 The price tag is an easy way to balloon the amount customers spend in the store. Nick Romano, EW.com, 20 July 2021 The Fed’s policy report last week projected inflation would balloon to 2.4% by year’s end before falling back down to 2% in 2022. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 23 Mar. 2021 However, winning that individual world championship – and a second gold, as the anchor of the 4x100 relay team – is when things started to change for Lyles, when his platform started to balloon and the pressure started to mount. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Prize money for esports continues to balloon, and the Complexity Apex team recently competed in a global tournament with a $2.58 million prize pool. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 30 June 2021 The Department of Health awarded a contract to Public Consulting Group that state officials expect to run about $9 million but could balloon to $34 million if the coronavirus becomes widespread again. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of balloon

Noun

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1784, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for balloon

Noun

French ballon large football, balloon, from Italian dialect ballone large football, augmentative of balla ball, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball — more at ball

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The first known use of balloon was in 1783

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18 Sep 2021

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“Balloon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balloon. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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balloon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of balloon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thin usually rubber bag that becomes larger when it is filled with air or gas
: a picture or space in a cartoon that contains words that are spoken or thought by a character

balloon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of balloon (Entry 3 of 2)

: to become bigger quickly

balloon

noun
bal·​loon | \ bə-ˈlün How to pronounce balloon (audio) \

Kids Definition of balloon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bag that rises and floats above the ground when filled with heated air or with a gas that is lighter than air
2 : a toy or decoration consisting of a rubber bag that can be blown up with air or gas
3 : an outline containing words spoken or thought by a character (as in a cartoon)

balloon

verb
ballooned; ballooning

Kids Definition of balloon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swell or puff out

balloon

noun
bal·​loon | \ bə-ˈlün How to pronounce balloon (audio) \

Medical Definition of balloon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a nonporous bag of tough light material that can be inflated (as in a bodily cavity) with air or gas gastroesophageal tamponade by introduction of a balloon into the stomach

balloon

transitive verb

Medical Definition of balloon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to inflate or distend like a balloon

intransitive verb

: to swell or puff out

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balloon

adjective
bal·​loon

Legal Definition of balloon

: being or having a final installment that is much larger than preceding ones in an installment or term loan a balloon payment

Note: In contrast to an amortized loan, a balloon loan is generally repaid in periodic payments of interest and a large, lump sum payment of principal at the end of the term.

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