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ballast - Dictionary definition and meaning for word ballast

(noun) any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
(noun) coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
(noun) an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
(noun) a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
(noun) an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
Synonyms : light ballast

(verb) make steady with a ballast
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ballast

ballast -- balance -- you are adding something to balance it or make it stable ( just as in weighing balance)
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by rupingill

Divide it like--Bal(Balance)+Last(last long), adding weight to bring balance to something(as in weighing balance) or to make it stable that last long.
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by abhims2

ballast = ball(imagine a heavy iron ball) + st(ability)
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by passion2win

blast... to stop something from blasting away, put heavy substance on it..
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by yourbikash

Bal(Balance) + st(stability)>>> Adding something to balance or stabilize or support something..
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by RajeshBorkar

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