Webster 1913 Edition
A bag made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise and float in the atmosphere; especially, one with a car attached for aërial navigation.
A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc., as at St. Paul’s, in London.
A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form.
A bomb or shell.
A game played with a large inflated ball.
The outline inclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure.
a balloon for aërial navigation.–
a house frame constructed altogether of small timber.–
a variety of woven lace in which the weft threads are twisted in a peculiar manner around the warp.
To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.
To go up or voyage in a balloon.
To expand, or puff out, like a balloon.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In general, any spherical hollow body.
2.In chimistry, a round vessel with a short neck, to receive whatever is distilled; a glass receiver of a spherical form.
3.In architecture, a ball or globe, on the top of a pillar.
4.In fireworks, a ball of pasteboard, or kind of bomb, stuffed with combustibles, to be played off, when fired, either in the air, or in water, which, bursting like a bomb, exhibits sparks of fire like stars.
5.A game, somewhat resembling tennis, played in an open field, with a large ball of leather, inflated with wind.
6.A bag or hollow vessel, made of silk or other light material, and filled with hydrogen gas or heated air, so as to rise and float in the atmosphere, called for distinction, an air-balloon.
7.In France, a quantity of paper, containing 24 reams. [See Bale.]
8.In France, balloon, ballon or ballot, a quantity of glass plates; of white glass, 25 bundles of six plates each; of colored glass, 12 1-2 bundles of three plates each.