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balloon

bal·loon

balloon

 
pronunciation:
b lun
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large bag made of thin material designed to inflate and be lifted off the ground when filled with hot air or a gas that is lighter than air.
 
definition 2: such a bag with a basket or gondola connected to it, used to transport passengers or scientific equipment.
synonyms:
aerostat
similar words:
airship, blimp, dirigible, zeppelin
definition 3: a bag made of rubber or other light, strong material that may be filled with air or helium and used as a decoration or toy.
 
definition 4: in a cartoon, the figure used to frame the words attributed to a character.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ballooned, ballooning, balloons
definition 1: to ride or ascend in a balloon.
synonyms:
ascend, float, ride
similar words:
rise
definition 2: to swell like a balloon.
synonyms:
blow up, distend, inflate, swell
antonyms:
shrink
similar words:
belly, billow, bloat, expand, spread, stretch, tumefy
definition 3: to increase rapidly.
Our debt is ballooning.
synonyms:
grow, increase
similar words:
distend, skyrocket, swell, wax
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: inflated or swollen like a balloon.
synonyms:
billowed, billowing, blown, distended, inflated, swollen
similar words:
expanded, stretched
derivation: balloonist (n.)
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