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    ballast - Dictionary definition and meaning for word ballast

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

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

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

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

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