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Ballast meaning

ballast - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
  2. 2. an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
  3. 3. Any heavy substance, as stone, iron, etc., put into the hold to sink a vessel in the water to such a depth as to prevent capsizing.
  4. 4. Any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness.
  5. 5. The larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete.
  6. 6. Fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
  7. 7. To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold.
  8. 8. To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid.
  9. 9. To keep steady; to steady, morally.
  10. 10. To steady with ballast.
  11. 11. Weight to steady a ship.

ballast - examples of usage

  1. She rode low in the water, with her stone ballast, and freight of parched humanity packed close on the tween- decks and in the bottom hold.
  2. Did you shift the ballast they stowed forward of Red Rose's mast, Bob?
  3. One feels that Wyndham's unstable, and you make good ballast, Bob.
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