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The weight of public opinion provides ballast in an atmosphere of social equality. Democracy and its Critics - Anglo-American democratic thought in the nineteenth century (1989)Items at either end of the concert provided welcome ballast. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Bags filled with old sand provide ballast to ensure that it can resist high winds. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It is here that the film takes on its emotional ballast. Times, Sunday Times (2009)So when they offer up their memories of early adolescence, they give the show emotional ballast. Times, Sunday Times (2013)I was a sinking ship, the ballast gone. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He and Read provide real ballast to a line-up that has wobbled a bit in the past. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It has time, and no shortage of intellectual ballast, but it is in trouble. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Add to this the numerous interviews, which would provide the colour and emotional ballast, and the schedule was a marathon designed to test your patience. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Used Occasionally. ballast is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'ballast'
British English: ballast NOUN
Ballast is any substance that is used in ships or hot-air balloons to make them heavier and more stable.
Definition of ballast from the Collins English Dictionary
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