- (nautical) Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
- (figuratively) Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.
- Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads, or in making concrete.
- (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.
- (countable, electricity, electronics) device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g. in a tube lamp supply circuit)
- (figurative) That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
- It [piety] is the right ballast of prosperity.
- Spanish: lastre
- French: remblai
- German: Bettung, Schotter
- Italian: massicciata
- Portuguese: balastro
- Spanish: balastro, balasto
ballast (ballasts, present participle ballasting; past and past participle ballasted)Translations Translations
- German: beschottern