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ballast Explained

ballast at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['bæləst]

ballast at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

"heavy material used to steady a ship," 1530, from M.E. bar "bare" (in this case "mere") + last "a load, burden," or borrowed from identical terms in Low Ger. and Scand. (cf. O.Dan. barlast, 14c.). Du. balg-last "ballast," lit. "belly-load," is a folk-etymology corruption. ///

ballast at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from Low German]//
1 heavy material that is carried by a ship to make it more steady in the water:
2 material such as sand that is carried in a balloon so that it can be thrown out to make it rise:
3 a layer of broken stones that a road or railway line is built on:

ballast at Danish => English Of Explained:

now, ye

ballast at Danish => English Of Explained:

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ballast at German => English Of Explained:

ballast

ballast at Dutch => English Of Explained:

sconnec

ballast at German => English Of Explained:

ballast, dietary

ballast at French => English Of Explained:

ballast

ballast at German => English Of Explained:

ballast

ballast at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "ballast":
balance, break bulk, break out ballast, clear for action,
clear the decks, consideration, counterbalance, counterpoise,
counterweight, equipoise, equivalent, firm, firm up, freeze,
give-and-take, hold, immobilize, keep, lead, makeweight, nail down,
offset, pin down, poise, quid pro quo, retain, sandbag, setoff,
shift ballast, shoot ballast, something of value, stabilitate,
stabilize, steady, stick, tit for tat, transfix, trim, trim ship,
trim up, weigh down, weight, weight down, wing out ballast

ballast at Afrikaans => English Of Explained:

ut, stay up,

ballast at Danish => English Of Explained:

agencies, ag

Ballast at German => English Of Explained:

Ballast [balast]nsm
ballast

ballast at French => English Of Explained:

offabschrecken [apʃrɛkən]

ballast at Dutch => English Of Explained:

ballast [bɑlɑst]
ballast

ballast at Swedish => English Of Explained:

bide, abide,

Ballast at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Ballast \Bal"last\, n. [D. ballast; akin to Dan. baglast,
ballast, OSw. barlast, Sw. ballast. The first part is perh.
the same word as E. bare, adj.; the second is last a burden,
and hence the meaning a bare, or mere, load. See {Bare}, a.,
and {Last} load.]
1. (Naut.) 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.

2. Any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it
steadiness.

3. Gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad
to make it firm and solid.

4. The larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in
making concrete.

5. Fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness,
steadiness, and security.

It [piety] is the right ballast of prosperity.
--Barrow.

{Ballast engine}, a steam engine used in excavating and for
digging and raising stones and gravel for ballast.

{Ship in ballast}, a ship carring only ballast.

Ballast \Bal"last\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ballasted}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Ballasting}.]
1. To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the
hold.

2. To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone,
etc., in order to make it firm and solid.

3. To keep steady; to steady, morally.

'T is charity must ballast the heart. --Hammond.

ballast at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

ballast
v : make steady with a ballast

ballast
n 1: any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
2: coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
3: an attribute that tends to give stability in character and
morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
4: a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes
(as those arising from temperature fluctuations) [syn: {ballast
resistor}, {barretter}]
5: an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent
and discharge lamps [syn: {light ballast}]

ballast at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Ballast

English

Inter: was wotd » 2007|October|4

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » gml, from Inter: etyl » non Inter: term » |tr=bar||bare + Inter: term » |tr=last||load

Pronunciation

* Inter: a » RP|US Inter: IPA » /ˈbæl.əst/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-ballast.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » æləst

    Noun

    Inter: en-noun » -|s

  • Inter: nautica » l Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
    1. Inter: figurativel » y Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.
    2. Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.
    3. Inter: constructio » n A material, such as aggregate or precast concrete pavers, which employs its mass and the force of gravity to hold single-ply roof membranes in place.
    4. Inter: countable » electronics device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g.in a tube lamp supply circuit)


    File:Hsin-chu-1.jpg|Ballast provides a supporting bed for rail tracks
    File:Magnetic Ballasts 1.jpg|Several typical styles of magnetic ballasts for fluorescent lamps

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » heavy material placed in the hold of a vessel
    • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|balast
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|баласт
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|zátěž|f
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|ballast
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ballast|m
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|balasto
    • Estonian: Inter: t+ » et|ballast
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|painolasti
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|lest|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Ballast|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|σαβούρα|f|tr=savoura, Inter: t+ » el|έρμα|n|tr=érma
  • Greenlandic: Inter: t- » kl|ballasti
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|zavorra|f
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|ballast|m
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|balast|m
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|lastro|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|balast, Inter: t+ » ro|lest
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|балласт|m|tr=ballást|sc=Cyrl
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|balast|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|lastre|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » anything that steadies emotion or mind
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|lastre|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » material laid to form a bed for a road
    • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|balast
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|баластра
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bedding|f, Inter: t- » nl|ballastbed|n
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|balasto
    • Estonian: Inter: t+ » et|ballast
    • Finnish: kantava materiaali


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Bettung|f, Inter: t+ » de|Schotter|m
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|massicciata|f
  • Norwegian: ballast {{m}} (for railroads), fundament {{n}}
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|balastro|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|balastro|m, Inter: t+ » es|balasto|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » electronics
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|товар
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ballast|m
    • Estonian: Inter: t+ » et|ballast
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|kuristin


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|ballast|m
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|regolatore|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|balast
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|balasto|m, Inter: t- » es|balastra|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » io: balasto
    • Inter: ttbc » es: balasto {{m}}, balastro {{m}}


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Verb

    Inter: en-ver » b
  • To stabilize or load a ship with ballast.
    1. To lay ballast on the bed of a railroad track.

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » to stabilize a ship with ballast

  • Albanian: balastoj
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|ballastima
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|tasapainottaa
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|ballaster

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t- » de|ballasten
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|ballaste
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|lastrar


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to lay ballast on the bed of a railway track
    • Albanian: balastoj
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|ballastima


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|sepelöidä
  • German: Inter: t- » de|beschottern

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Swedish

    Adjective

    Inter: head » sv|adjective form
  • Inter: sv-adj-form-sup-pred » ball

  • Translation: ar » ballast
    Translation: de » ballast
    Translation: et » ballast
    Translation: el » ballast
    Translation: eo » ballast
    Translation: fa » ballast
    Translation: fr » ballast
    Translation: ko » ballast
    Translation: io » ballast
    Translation: it » ballast
    Translation: hu » ballast
    Translation: ml » ballast
    Translation: my » ballast
    Translation: nl » ballast
    Translation: ps » ballast
    Translation: pl » ballast
    Translation: ru » ballast
    Translation: fi » ballast
    Translation: sv » ballast
    Translation: ta » ballast
    Translation: te » ballast
    Translation: th » ballast
    Translation: tk » ballast
    Translation: vi » ballast
    Translation: zh » ballast

    Ballast at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » ballast

    German

    Inter: wikipedia » lang=de

    Noun

    Inter: de-noun » m|Ballastes|Ballaste
  • Inter: context » nautical|or|figuratively|lang=de ballast

  • Translation: de » Ballast
    Translation: fr » Ballast
    Translation: ko » Ballast
    Translation: io » Ballast
    Translation: it » Ballast
    Translation: mg » Ballast
    Translation: fj » Ballast
    Translation: pl » Ballast
    Translation: ru » Ballast
    Translation: zh » Ballast