any light, loose sail, as a jib or spinnaker, used by a yacht in light wind.
Baby jib top-sails had been sent down before the rounding, and spinnaker poles were now ready for the balloon sail.
The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview Ralph Bonehill
(nautical) a large light bellying sail used in light winds Compare spinnaker
- Balloon seat
bell seat. (on some 18th-century chairs) a seat having an outline resembling that of a bell.
- Balloon shade
a window shade that when raised is gathered into a series of puffy festoons created by inverted pleats in the fabric.
- Balloon sleeve
noun a sleeve fitting tightly from wrist to elbow and becoming fully rounded from elbow to shoulder
- Balloon tire
a broad tire filled with air at low pressure for cushioning the shock of uneven surfaces: used on road vehicles such as bicycles and early automobiles.