of James Graham Ballard (1930–2009), the British novelist, or his works
resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels and stories, esp dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes, and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments
a spherical aggregate of small diamond crystals used for drilling and for various industrial purposes. Historical Examples This cannot be distinguished from certain fragments obtained in the Neolithic cemetery at ballas. El Kab J.E. Quibell The crucial case at ballas was the secondary burial of a Libyan found in one of a group of stairway […]
Nautical. any heavy material carried temporarily or permanently in a vessel to provide desired draft and stability. 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. anything […]
- Ballast line
the level to which a vessel is immersed when in ballast.
- Ballast pocket
a depression that is formed beneath the ballast layer by penetration of ballast particles into the subgrade and that tends to collect moisture.