Meaning of BALLOON in English


— balloonlike , adj.

/beuh loohn"/ , n.

1. a bag made of thin rubber or other light material, usually brightly colored, inflated with air or with some lighter-than-air gas and used as a children's plaything or as a decoration.

2. a bag made of a light material, as silk or plastic, filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air, designed to rise and float in the atmosphere and often having a car or gondola attached below for carrying passengers or scientific instruments.

3. (in drawings, cartoons, etc.) a balloon-shaped outline enclosing words represented as issuing from the mouth of the speaker.

4. an ornamental ball at the top of a pillar, pier, or the like.

5. a large, globular wineglass.

6. Chem. Now Rare. a round-bottomed flask.


7. to go up or ride in a balloon.

8. to swell or puff out like a balloon.

9. to multiply or increase at a rapid rate: Membership has ballooned beyond all expectations.


10. to fill with air; inflate or distend (something) like a balloon.


11. puffed out like a balloon: balloon sleeves.

12. Finance. (of a loan, mortgage, or the like) having a payment at the end of the term that is much bigger than previous ones.

[ 1570-80; ballone, equiv. to ball ( a ) ( 1 ) + -one aug. suffix; or ballon ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .