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BALLOON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does balloon mean? 

BALLOON (noun)
  The noun BALLOON has 2 senses:

1. small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
2. large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

  Familiarity information: BALLOON used as a noun is rare.


BALLOON (verb)
  The verb BALLOON has 2 senses:

1. ride in a hot-air balloon
2. become inflated

  Familiarity information: BALLOON used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BALLOON (noun)


Sense 1balloon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("balloon" is a kind of...):

plaything; toy (an artifact designed to be played with)


Sense 2balloon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("balloon" is a kind of...):

lighter-than-air craft (aircraft supported by its own buoyancy)

Meronyms (parts of "balloon"):

envelope; gasbag (the bag containing the gas in a balloon)

ripcord (a cord that is pulled to open the gasbag of a balloon wide enough to release gas and so causes the balloon to descend)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "balloon"):

hot-air balloon (balloon for travel through the air in a basket suspended below a large bag of heated air)

meteorological balloon (a small unmanned balloon set aloft to observe atmospheric conditions)

trial balloon (a balloon sent up to test air currents)


BALLOON (verb)


Sense 1balloon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ride in a hot-air balloon

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China

Hypernyms (to "balloon" is one way to...):

aviate; fly; pilot (fly a plane)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2balloon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become inflated

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

balloon; billow; inflate

Context example:

The sails ballooned

Hypernyms (to "balloon" is one way to...):

expand (become larger in size or volume or quantity)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "balloon"):

reflate (become inflated again)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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