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(Bal*lis"tics) n. [Cf. F. balistique. See Ballista.] The science or art of hurling missile weapons
by the use of an engine. Whewell.
(||Bal"li*um) n. [LL.] See Bailey.
(Bal*loon") n. [F. ballon, aug. of balle ball: cf. It. ballone. See 1st Ball, n., and cf. Pallone.]
1. A bag made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise
and float in the atmosphere; especially, one with a car attached for aërial navigation.
2. (Arch.) A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc., as at St. Paul's, in London. [R.]
3. (Chem.) A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass
vessel of a spherical form.
4. (Pyrotechnics) A bomb or shell. [Obs.]
5. A game played with a large inflated ball. [Obs.]
6. (Engraving) The outline inclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure.
Air balloon, a balloon for aërial navigation. Balloon frame (Carp.), a house frame constructed
altogether of small timber. Balloon net, a variety of woven lace in which the weft threads are twisted
in a peculiar manner around the warp.
(Bal*loon"), v. t. To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.
(Bal*loon"), v. i.
1. To go up or voyage in a balloon.
2. To expand, or puff out, like a balloon.
(Bal*looned") a. Swelled out like a balloon.
(Bal*loon"er) n. One who goes up in a balloon; an aëronaut.
(Bal*loon" fish`) (Zoöl.) A fish of the genus Diodon or the genus Tetraodon, having the
power of distending its body by taking air or water into its dilatable esophagus. See Globefish, and Bur
1. The art or practice of managing balloons or voyaging in them.
2. (Stock Exchange) The process of temporarily raising the value of a stock, as by fictitious sales.
(Bal*loon"ing spi"der) (Zoöl.) A spider which has the habit of rising into the air. Many
kinds (esp. species of Lycosa) do this while young by ejecting threads of silk until the force of the wind
upon them carries the spider aloft.
(Bal*loon"ist), n. An aëronaut.
(Bal*loon"ry) n. The art or practice of ascending in a balloon; aëronautics.
(Bal"lot) n. [F. ballotte, fr. It. ballotta. See Ball round body.]