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BAL'LAST, n.

1. Heavy matter, as stone, sand or iron, laid on the bottom of a ship or other vessel, to sink it in the water, to such a depth, as to enable it to carry sufficient sail, without oversetting.

Shingle ballast is ballast of coarse gravel.

2. Figuratively, that which is used to make a thing steady.

BAL'LAST, v.t. To place heavy substances on the bottom of a ship or vessel, to keep it from oversetting.

2. To keep any thing steady, by counterbalancing its force.



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BAL'LAST, n.

1. Heavy matter, as stone, sand or iron, laid on the bottom of a ship or other vessel, to sink it in the water, to such a depth, as to enable it to carry sufficient sail, without oversetting.

Shingle ballast is ballast of coarse gravel.

2. Figuratively, that which is used to make a thing steady.

BAL'LAST, v.t. To place heavy substances on the bottom of a ship or vessel, to keep it from oversetting.

2. To keep any thing steady, by counterbalancing its force.

BAL'LAST, n. [Sax. bat, a boat, with last, a load; D. Ger. and Dan. last; W. llwyth; Arm. lastr, a load; bat-last, boat-load, corrupted into ballast; Russ. ballast; Fr. lest; Sp. lastre; Sax. hlæstan, to load a ship.]

  1. Heavy matter, as stone, sand or iron, laid on the bottom of a ship or other vessel, to sink it in the water to such a depth, as to enable it to carry sufficient sail, without oversetting. Shingle ballast, is ballast of coarse gravel. – Mar. Dict.
  2. Figuratively, that which is used to make a thing steady. – Swift.

BAL'LAST, v.t.

  1. To place heavy substances on the bottom of a ship or vessel, to keep it from oversetting.
  2. To keep any thing steady, by counterbalancing its force. – Dryden.

Bal"last
  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. To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold.
  3. Any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness.
  4. To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid.
  5. Gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad to make it firm and solid.
  6. To keep steady] to steady, morally.

    'T is charity must ballast the heart.
    Hammond.

  7. The larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete.
  8. Fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.

    It [piety] is the right ballast of prosperity.
    Barrow.

    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.

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Ballast

BAL'LAST, noun

1. Heavy matter, as stone, sand or iron, laid on the bottom of a ship or other vessel, to sink it in the water, to such a depth, as to enable it to carry sufficient sail, without oversetting.

Shingle ballast is ballast of coarse gravel.

2. Figuratively, that which is used to make a thing steady.

BAL'LAST, verb transitive To place heavy substances on the bottom of a ship or vessel, to keep it from oversetting.

2. To keep any thing steady, by counterbalancing its force.

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