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Webster 1913 Edition


Unballasted

Un-bal′last-ed

,
Adj.
1.
[Properly p. p. of
unballast
.]
Freed from ballast; having discharged ballast.
2.
[Pref.
un-
not +
ballasted
.]
Not furnished with ballast; not kept steady by ballast; unsteady;
as,
unballasted
vessels;
unballasted
wits
.
Unballasted
by any sufficient weight of plan.
De Quincey.

Webster 1828 Edition


Unballasted

UNBAL'LASTED

, a.
1.
Freed from ballast.
2.
a. Not furnished with ballast; not kept steady by ballast or by weight; unsteady; as unballasted wits.
'Unballast vessel,' for unballasted, in Addison, is an unauthorized phrase.

Definition 2021


unballasted

unballasted

English

Adjective

unballasted (not comparable)

  1. Not loaded or stabilized with ballast.
    • 1908, Allen Chapman, Bart Stirling's Road to Success:
      It was a rickety concern, was unballasted, and looked as if, loosely thrown together, it had never filled its original mission and had been practically abandoned.
    • 1922, Bertrand W. Sinclair, The Hidden Places:
      Then, as if the clouds had discharged their aqueous cargo and rode light as unballasted ships, they lifted in aerial fleets and sailed away, white in a blue sky.