Ballast engine, a steam engine used in excavating and for digging and raising stones and gravel for ballast.Ship in ballast, a ship carrying only ballast.

(Ball), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Balled (b&addld); p. pr. & vb. n. Balling.] To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.

(Ball), v. t.

1. (Metal.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

(Ball), n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL. ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. ba`llein to toss or throw, or pa`llein, pa`llesqai, to leap, bound, balli`zein to dance, jump about; or cf. 1st Ball, n.] A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.

(Bal"lad) n. [OE. balade, OF. balade, F. ballade, fr. Pr. ballada a dancing song, fr. ballare to dance; cf. It. ballata. See 2d Ball, n., and Ballet.] A popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; as, the ballad of Chevy Chase; esp., a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas.

(Bal"lad), v. i. To make or sing ballads. [Obs.]

(Bal"lad), v. t. To make mention of in ballads. [Obs.]

(Bal*lade") n. [See Ballad, n.] A form of French versification, sometimes imitated in English, in which three or four rhymes recur through three stanzas of eight or ten lines each, the stanzas concluding with a refrain, and the whole poem with an envoy.

(Bal"lad*er) n. A writer of ballads.

Ballad monger
(Bal"lad mon`ger) [See Monger.] A seller or maker of ballads; a poetaster. Shak.

(Bal"lad*ry) n. [From Ballad, n.] Ballad poems; the subject or style of ballads. "Base balladry is so beloved." Drayton.

(Bal"la*hoo, Bal"la*hou) n. A fast-sailing schooner, used in the Bermudas and West Indies.

(Bal"la*rag) v. t. [Corrupted fr. bullirag.] To bully; to threaten. [Low] T. Warton.

(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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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