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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

 
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From Middle English bar(bare) + last(load).

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NounEdit

ballast ‎(usually uncountable, plural ballasts)

  1. (nautical) Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
  2. (figuratively) Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.
  3. Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads, or in making concrete.
  4. (construction) A material, such as aggregate or precast concrete pavers, which employs its mass and the force of gravity to hold single-ply roof membranes in place.
  5. (countable, electronics) device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g.in a tube lamp supply circuit)
  6. (figuratively) That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
    • Barrow
      It [piety] is the right ballast of prosperity.

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VerbEdit

ballast ‎(third-person singular simple present ballasts, present participle ballasting, simple past and past participle ballasted)

  1. To stabilize or load a ship with ballast.
  2. To lay ballast on the bed of a railroad track.

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NounEdit

ballast m ‎(plural ballasts)

  1. (nautical) Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
  2. Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German barlast

NounEdit

ballast m ‎(definite singular ballasten, indefinite plural ballaster, definite plural ballastene)

  1. ballast
    • Jeg var i fin form, men hadde 4kg for mye ballast ombord! [1]

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German barlast

NounEdit

ballast m ‎(definite singular ballasten, indefinite plural ballastar, definite plural ballastane)
ballast f ‎(definite singular ballasta, indefinite plural ballaster, definite plural ballastene)

  1. ballast

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AdjectiveEdit

ballast

  1. superlative predicative form of ball.