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Ballast Ballast , Schotter ,Packung 

Definition & Synonyms

• Ballast

  1. (a.) Any heavy substance, as stone, iron, etc., put into the hold to sink a vessel in the water to such a depth as to prevent capsizing.
  2. (v. t.) To keep steady; to steady, morally.
  3. (a.) Fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
  4. (a.) Gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad to make it firm and solid.
  5. (v. t.) To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid.
  6. (a.) The larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete.
  7. (a.) Any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness.
  8. (v. t.) To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold.