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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
balloon (noun)
1.
a nonporous bag of light material that can be inflated especially with air or gas as
a) a bag that is filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air so as to rise and float in the atmosphere and that usually carries a suspended load (as a gondola with passengers)
b) an inflatable bag (as of rubber or plastic) usually used as a toy or for decoration
2.
the outline enclosing words spoken or thought by a figure especially in a cartoon
balloon (adjective)
1.
relating to, resembling, or suggesting a balloon - a balloon sleeve
2.
being or having a final installment that is much larger than preceding ones in a term or installment note
balloon (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
to swell or puff out - expand ballooned to 200 pounds
2.
to ascend or travel in or as if in a balloon
3.
transitive verb
to increase rapidly - ballooning prices - inflate increase
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
balloon (verb)
1.
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
SYNONIMS:
accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon ( bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, wax
RELATED WORDS:
jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peak
contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane
balloon (verb)
2.
to extend outward beyond a usual point
SYNONIMS:
bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch, pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, stick out, swell
RELATED WORDS:
dome; blow up, inflate; dilate, distend, expand; mushroom, snowball; elongate, extend, lengthen, stretch
NEAR ANTONYMS:
compress, condense, constrict, contract, shrink
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