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Definition of "ballast" []

  • Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship or the gondola of a balloon to enhance stability. (noun)
  • Coarse gravel or crushed rock laid to form a bed for roads or railroads. (noun)
  • The gravel ingredient of concrete. (noun)
  • Something that gives stability, especially in character. (noun)
  • To stabilize or provide with ballast. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ballast" in a sentence
  • "Id recommend having two bottles on hand for four people at a dinner party, then having a decent third wine in reserve, what I call ballast."
  • "Truth be told, I could make a better public case for Ayers’s involvement by a discussion of the word ballast than I could by sharing these results."
  • "From the Marquesas I sailed with sufficient absinthe in ballast to last me to Tahiti, where I outfitted with Scotch and American whisky, and thereafter there were no dry stretches between ports."