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  1. bal·loon
    IPA[bəˈlo͞on]
  2. noun

    • 1. a brightly colored rubber sac inflated with air and then sealed at the neck, used as a children's toy or a decoration.

    • 2. a large bag filled with hot air or gas to make it rise in the air, typically carrying a basket for passengers:

      he set his sights on crossing the Pacific by balloon
    • 3. a rounded outline in which the words or thoughts of characters in a comic strip or cartoon are written:

      a balloon reading “Ka-Pow!”
    • 4. a large rounded drinking glass, used for brandy and other drinks:

      a balloon of armagnac

    verb

    • 1. swell out in a spherical shape; billow:

      the trousers ballooned out below his waist the wind ballooned her sleeves
      Synonym : swell (out), puff out/up, bulge (out), bag, belly (out), fill (out), billow (out), blow up, inflate, distend, expand, dilate
    • 2. (of an amount of money) increase rapidly:

      the company's debt has ballooned in the last five years ballooning government spending
      Synonym : increase rapidly, soar, rocket, shoot up, escalate, mount, surge, spiral, grow rapidly, rise rapidly, go through the ceiling, go through the roof, skyrocket
    • 3. (of a person) increase rapidly and dramatically in weight:

      I had ballooned on the school's starchy diet
    • 4. travel by hot-air balloon:

      he is famous for ballooning across oceans

    adjective

    • 1. resembling a balloon; puffed:

      a flouncy balloon curtain
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: balloon, plural noun: balloons

    • v.: verb: balloon, 3rd person present: balloons, gerund or present participle: ballooning, past tense: ballooned, past participle: ballooned

    • noun

      a small coloured rubber bag which is inflated with air and then sealed at the neck, used as a child's toy or a decoration:

      a large bag filled with hot air or gas to make it rise in the air, typically one carrying a basket for passengers:

    • verb

      swell out in a spherical shape:

      (of an amount of money spent or owed) increase rapidly:

    • noun

      the sport or pastime of flying in a balloon:
    • noun

      the sport or pastime of flying in a balloon:
    • noun

      a balloon equipped with meteorological apparatus which is sent into the atmosphere to provide information about the weather.
    • noun

      a small meteorological balloon used to track air currents.
    • noun

      surgical widening of a blocked or narrowed blood vessel, especially a coronary artery, by means of a balloon catheter.
    • noun

      a repayment of the outstanding principal sum made at the end of a loan period, interest only having been paid hitherto.
    • noun

      a tropical American vine with inflated rounded pods.
    • noun

      a tentative measure taken or statement made to see how a new policy will be received:
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