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Short Definition : heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with 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


Short Definition : something that relieves pain; oily liquid with a pleasant smell from trees

(noun) any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
(noun) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
Synonyms : ointment , salve , unction , unguent

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for balm

Just think of medicine Zandu (balm),which relieves pain
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by kanduri srikanth

Balmy-balm- I don't like the fragrance of Iodex balm.
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by editor1


Short Definition : soft and mild (of air); fragrant

(adj) informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
Example Sentence
  • it used to drive my husband balmy

(adj) mild and pleasant
Synonyms : mild , soft
Example Sentence
  • balmy days and nights
  • the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth
  • a soft breeze

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for balmy

BALMs are used to make us feel good, mild when we are having headache or tension. hence balmy means mild, pleasant
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by rejaulmeister

I don't like the fragrant of Iodex balm
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by smartankit_27

Balmy sounds like Bama who is krishna’s wife and she is very pleasant.
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by lakshmihs


Short Definition : hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; clich'ed

(adj) repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
Example Sentence
  • bromidic sermons
  • his remarks were trite and commonplace
  • hackneyed phrases
  • a stock answer
  • repeating threadbare jokes
  • parroting some timeworn axiom
  • the trite metaphor `hard as nails'

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for banal

abey nal to roz hi kholte hain...
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by 1.6k

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by viren

'ban + al' --> 'ban all' those directors whose movies are 'banal' (the same old story lines are repeated ; (another meaning) dull and unoriginal(dubbed))
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by bookworm

Divide it like -- ban + al(ban all people); you ban all those people from your group, if they are repeating the same activity again and again.
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by Administrator

When u r in severe depression u will lock urself in ur room BANNING ALL people for a while as u need some privacy
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by BNS

Banal = I would like to BAN-ALL banal words because they are dull and overused.
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by avarx

banal sounds like GUNAL(a tamil movie actor).So his death has been shown on TV for many days(repeated too often).
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by moorthy_ragha

banal => bakwaas(hindi) not always, means being a waste as it's overrepeated.
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by vocabIsFun

banal: beh nal. behta hua nal is a vey munadane affair
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by aroraraman309

ca be taken as a short from for Boring And Not originAL....
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by SDV


Short Definition : discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel; Ex. bandy words with

(verb) toss or strike a ball back and forth
(verb) exchange blows
(verb) discuss lightly
Synonyms : kick around
Example Sentence
  • We bandied around these difficult questions

(adj) have legs that curve outward at the knees
Synonyms : bandy-legged , bowed , bowleg , bowlegged

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for bandy

bandy sounds like brandy--When people drink brandy, they exchange heated words in a light and glib way.
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by sriharisharma

in hindi u call ur GF ur BANDI, so u share, discuss, have light arguments with ur bandi...
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by prashi2

Bandy--sounds like "Band" which means close . so close the room and talk else somebody will listen
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by corrupted

bandy sounds like BANDIT. In all movies with bandits, there are a lot of careless dialogues and actions by the bandits and as a result, fights and quarrels. (Imagine Sholay, featuring the world's most famous bandit, Gabbar Singh)
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by passion2win

we you drink BRANDY you speak in a bandy way!..
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by extrovert

bandi= in jail Bandi(hindi) discuss lightly for their escape plan
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by extremesantosh

bandy=band+y=BAND+I=BANDI. Men only exchange blows for a bandi and beat each other.
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by KshitijKhurana

He bandied words with a bandi.
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Short Definition : posion; cause of ruin; ADJ. baneful: harmful; poisonous

(noun) something causing misery or death
Synonyms : curse , nemesis , scourge
Example Sentence
  • the bane of my life

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for bane

Modern technology is BOON OR BANE. Boon is useful and BANE is Something causing misery or death
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by moorthy_ragha

ban+e -- Things which are harmful or poisonous (can make your life misery) are always banned by government.
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by preetisoni2411

sounds like CANE which CAUSES MISERY
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by findktk rhyme with ... it pain when u r,somethin that makes u unhappy,that troubles u.. :)
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by ravinderonchopper

there is a stoy of batman and bane where bane is a vilan(cause od ruin/curse)
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by avis484

bane-ane. ane(u) in kannada means tick. wish i s poisonous and harmful to our head and hair.
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by sriharisharma

Bane is a Pain in the Ass
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by subhasish

the sage BANED the king of disloyal to his people
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by sid.reddy

Bane should be BANNED, because it is harmful and poisonous.
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by passion2win

Don't you know MR BANE...........ruinous person.
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by dejavu

remember "Bane" from Dark knight rises? who tried to cause "Bane" to the people in gotham city
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by namratha25

drugs r banned(bane)by law bcoz it causes suffering and death.
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by gdabli

Like the DARK NIGHT RISES VILLAIN "Bane" who was harmful and poisonous to batman
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by usama.awais

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