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ballast
Part of Speech: Noun
Results: 8
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.
Part of Speech: verb transitive
1. To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold.
3. To keep steady; to steady, morally.
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