ballast ballast  /ˈbæ ləst/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
  2. (n) any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
  3. (n) an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
  4. (n) a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
  5. (n) an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
  6. (v) make steady with a ballast

Usage(s):

  1. A chance discovery sends a fledgling ballast-water-treatment firm on a beauty detour--skin care.
  2. Their combined weight, coupled with the shifting of water in the vessel's ballast tanks, was meant to tip the ship in hopes of freeing it.
  3. A pair of landlubbers--overseen by sailors--had their hands on the controls that guide the submarine and empty its ballast tanks during the rapid ascent.

News

  1. Research and Markets: Ballast Water Treatment Systems Market: Asia Report

    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Ballast Water Treatment Systems Market: Asia" report to th
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Asian Ballast Water Treatment Markets Shows Exponential Growth

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Asian ballast water treatment systems market is highly lucrative and is expected to show tremendous growth over the next 6 - 7 years. The market is still in the growth stage; ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Ballast Point Brewing Enters the Seattle Marketplace

    You are reading Ballast Point Brewing Enters the Seattle Marketplace by Kendall Jones, as originally posted on The Washington Beer Blog. You are reading Ballast Point Brewing Enters the Seattle Marketplace by Kendall Jones, as originally posted on The Washington Beer Blog. Another noteworthy out-of-state brewery is coming to Seattle. A while back there were rumors that this was going to happen ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: seattlepi.com

Quotes

  1. "There is no doubt that ballast water legislation that stems the tide of invasive species entering our waters from ships needs to be passed immediately," Inouye said through a spokesman.
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Daniel Inouye Source: Washington Post

  2. "People talk of 'pioneer spirit', thinking that the pioneers are the ones who develop new ideas," Piccard tells Giussani. "Not so. It's easy to have new ideas. The pioneers are those who have the courage to throw a lot of ballast overboard....
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Bertrand Piccard Source: Wired.co.uk

  3. "Then it's in our court and Congress must create federal standards on ballast water and prevention" of increasing aquatic invasive species, Kagen said.
    on Apr 18, 2008 By: Steve Kagen Source: WOOD-TV

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