Complete Definition of "ballast"

was wotd|2007|October|4
see|Ballast
English

Pronunciation
a|RP|US IPA|/ËbælÉst/
audio|en-us-ballast.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|ælÉst

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. nautical heavy|Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
  2. figurative Anything that steady|steadies emotion or the mind.
  3. coarse|Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.
  4. electronics device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g.in a tube lamp supply circuit)

Translations
trans-top|heavy material placed in he hold of a vessel
Albanian: t+|sq|balast|xs=Albanian
Croatian: t-|hr|balast|m
Finnish: t-|fi|painolasti
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German: t+|de|Ballast|m
Norwegian: t-|no|ballast|m
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trans-top|anything that steadies emotion or mind
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trans-top|material laid to form a bed for a road
Albanian: t+|sq|balast|xs=Albanian
Finnish: kantava materiaali
trans-mid
German: t-|de|Bettung|f, t+|de|Schotter|m
Norwegian: ballast m (for railroads), fundament n
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checktrans-top
ttbc|Dutch: ballast, ballastbed
ttbc|Italian: zavorra f
ttbc|Ido: balasto
ttbc|Spanish: balasto m, balastro m
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Verb
en-verb

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

Translations
trans-top|to stabilize a ship with ballast
Albanian: balastoj
Finnish: tasapainottaa
trans-mid
German: t-|de|ballasten
Norwegian: t-|no|ballaste
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trans-top|to lay ballast on the bed of a railway track
Albanian: balastoj
Finnish: sepelöidä
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German: t-|de|beschottern
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