ballooning

Definitions

  • "He steered his balloon round the Eiffel Tower."
    "He steered his balloon round the Eiffel Tower."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ballooning flying in a balloon
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Additional illustrations & photos:

MME. CARLOTTA STEERING A BALLOON BY TIPPING THE FOOT-BOARD MME. CARLOTTA STEERING A BALLOON BY TIPPING THE FOOT-BOARD
A BALLOON-PICNIC AT THE AËRONAUTS' HOME A BALLOON-PICNIC AT THE AËRONAUTS' HOME
THROUGH A PAPER BALLOON AT THE END OF A GREAT FEAT THROUGH A PAPER BALLOON AT THE END OF A GREAT FEAT
Hot-air Balloon Hot-air Balloon
Man and two children watching balloon Man and two children watching balloon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1783, the hot air balloon was invented in France.
    • Ballooning The art or practice of managing balloons or voyaging in them; the sport of riding in balloons.
    • Ballooning (Stock Exchange) The process of temporarily raising the value of a stock, as by fictitious sales.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon
    • n ballooning The art or practice of ascending in and of managing balloons.
    • n ballooning In political and stock-exchange slang, the operation of booming a candidate, or of inflating the money-market, by means of fictitious favorable reports.
    • n ballooning In a steam-boiler, the lifting of scum on the surface of the water by the liberation of steam from it.
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Quotations

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    “Self-love is a balloon filled with wind, from which storms burst forth when one makes a puncture in it.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.”

Idioms

Balloon goes up - When the balloon goes up, a situation turns unpleasant or serious.
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Go down like a lead balloon - (UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
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Go over like a lead balloon - (USA) If something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
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Usage

In literature:

It was a balloon, we learned, which had left St. Quentin at half-past five that evening.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This balloon went up with a force which they estimated as equivalent to 500 pounds.
"Up in the Clouds" by R.M. Ballantyne
But I wish it had been a balloon.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
For the balloon was earning him into the clouds, and he had no idea how to manage it, or to make it descend to earth again.
"The Woggle-Bug Book" by L. Frank Baum
I think hearts must be like balloons.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
The gas was roaring from the valve above, and the balloon sank rapidly into the stratum of clouds.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
The smoke screen grew denser and taller, mounting toward the balloons.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Likewise how, trolley, subway, or balloon?
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
He went for another balloon.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
Gower's balloon was found floating on the ocean, but Eloy's balloon was not found.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
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In poetry:

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
"Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost
HANDS, do what you're bid:
Bring the balloon of the mind
That bellies and drags in the wind
Into its narrow shed.
"The Balloon Of The Mind" by William Butler Yeats
Mine brudder's dead, already, soon,
Mine sister is von spy,
Mine cousin rides de big balloon,
Dot floats up in de sky.
"The Hate Of Hans" by Abner Cosens
Auld Scotlan' gangs yirmin an' chanerin' alane;
She wunners whaur a' her trig lassocks ha'e gane;
She's trampit the kintra, an' socht thro' the toons,
An' fan' the fule hizzies—blawn oot like balloons!
"Crinoline" by Janet Hamilton
If this project should fail, he has others in store;
Wooden horses, for instance, may bring them safe o'er;
Or the genius of France (as the Moniteur tells)
May order balloons, or provide diving-bells.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White
My heart tore free from the earth and flew,
Flew up like a drunken balloon into an ocean of blue wind,
To the mast of some distant constellation, scattering stars as it flapped
away like some mischievous vulture.
"Windy Night (Haoyar Rat)" by Jibanananda Das

In news:

Daredevils fly high in balloon powered lawn chairs.
The recall of products containing a potentially salmonella-tainted flavoring ingredient ballooned this week with the addition of 1.7.
This walk will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 9am the ceremony and walk followed by a balloon release at 10am.
Maybe I'm still a little shook up from our long national silver-balloon nightmare yesterday, but I got PTSD-ish flashbacks re-watching this excerpt from The Day After, the Very Scary and Important Television Event of 1983.
I'm sitting with my laptop amidst a whirlwind of tents coming down, like balloons deflating after a festive party.
Are You Feeling This French Horn Rebellion, Frankie Rose and The Outs, Maximum Balloon and Matt & Kim.
Our story about a swatch of the incendiary WWII Japanese " Fugo " balloon premiered in season 6, but it continues to air due to its popularity.
Have you ever seen a balloon made out of mozzarella cheese.
Model-cum-actress Gemma Ward's debut feature film, director Elissa Down's The Black Balloon, will debut at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in February.
David Stern's trial balloon concerning an under-23 men's basketball team for the Olympics has popped.
As many as 500 numbered golf ball s will be dropped onto Rivers Edge Golf Course from a ReMax New Horizons hot air balloon.
As many as 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped onto Rivers Edge Golf Course from a ReMax New Horizons hot air balloon.
In exchange, the city keeps his tax obligations constant, even while his developing properties balloon in value and businesses start bustling.
The number of ETFs has ballooned in recent years, but not all are created equal.
In tandem lawn chair s suspended from helium-filled balloons.
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In science:

The d0 = 103 Mpc result is barely compatible with the balloon data, and an order of magnitude above the satellite data.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
Along with the lab assessment of the detector, we also plan to study the CdZnTe background in the near-space environement when we integrate the prototype BDE with the next EXITE2 balloon flight, scheduled for Spring 1999.
Development of Prototype Pixellated PIN CdZnTe Detectors
Grindlay, “Balloon-borne hard x-ray imaging and future surveys,” Adv.
Development of Prototype Pixellated PIN CdZnTe Detectors
The next generation of CMB balloon experiments are expected to return data of much higher quality (and quantity).
New physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background
BOOMERanG ‘98 was the first long-duration balloon flight, and by all accounts was staggeringly successful.
New physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background
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