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Definition of Ballast


  1. 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.
  6. To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold.
  7. To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid.
  8. To keep steady; to steady, morally.

Ballast Quotations

For him to have understood me would have meant reorganizing his thinking... giving up his intellectual ballast, and few people are willing to risk such a radical move.
Edward T. Hall

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
William Penn

Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast.
Minna Antrim

A hot air balloon requires a great deal of fuel to keep it aloft, so that you can't fly it even for one day. A gas balloon, which usually uses helium, has the problem that the helium cools at night when the sun is not on it, and you have to throw ballast overboard to keep it from going to the surface.
Steve Fossett

'Beauty Queen' is the weirdest, strangest, and most perfect play to do before 'Hedda Gabler', because there are so many similar issues for Maureen and Hedda. I had played leading ladies before but couldn't really hook into them. After 'An American Daughter' and 'Beauty Queen', I had all the ballast.
Kate Burton
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Ballast Translations

ballast in Danish is ballast
ballast in Dutch is ballast
ballast in French is ballast, lest
ballast in German is Ballast, Ballast {m}, mit Ballast beladen
ballast in Portuguese is reator
ballast in Swedish is barlast
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