1. Nautical. any heavy material carried temporarily or permanently in a vessel to provide desired draft and stability.
2. Aeronautics. something heavy, as bags of sand, placed in the car of a balloon for control of altitude and, less often, of attitude, or placed in an aircraft to control the position of the center of gravity.
3. anything that gives mental, moral, or political stability or steadiness: the ballast of a steady income.
4. gravel, broken stone, slag, etc., placed between
"missiles can be ballastic."
"funds can be ballastic."
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