ballast

Listen:
UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbæləst/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbæləst/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(baləst)


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ballast

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. the [ship's, barge's] ballast
  2. the ballast of the [ship]
  3. the [vessel, ship] discharged its ballast
  4. used [iron, sand, gravel] as ballast
  5. a sandbag was used as ballast
  6. did not have enough ballast
  7. needed more ballast
  8. had sufficient ballast
  9. use ballast to [block, prevent, soak up]
  10. the railway ballast
  11. the ballast underneath the railway
  12. the ballast of [a good career, a steady paycheck]
  13. electricity: a [wired, built-in] ballast
  14. electricity: a ballast to [moderate, regulate] the current
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