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the lightness and grace of movement that make a dancer appear buoyant.
Contemporary Examples

“Taking 20 pages of a book not released yet is less likely to be deemed fair use,” ballon said.
The Legal Brawl Over Palin’s Book Shushannah Walshe November 21, 2010

Historical Examples

And it was at this period that the expedient of the ballon sonde, or unmanned balloon, was happily thought of.
The Dominion of the Air J. M. Bacon

This is no doubt what is technically known as a ballon d’essai.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, May 10, 1916 Various

ballon d’essai—A balloon sent up to ascertain the direction of the wind; any test of public feeling.
Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood

That was a ballon d’essai, as they call it, and they think it was a very happy one.
Royal Highness Thomas Mann

From Thann the ascent of the ballon d’Alsace may be made, but the place itself must on no account be missed.
In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards

The drink I took went into my head, and I felt as though I was going up in a ballon.
Outward Bound Oliver Optic

In the hinder part of this ballon, a little above the surface of the water, a small hole must be bored.
Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed. Pierre Joseph Macquer

With this bit of philosophy Mlle. Fouchette buried her dainty nose in the last “ballon.”
Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray

Meanwhile, this volume of essays (most of which were in course of preparation when war was declared) is issued as a ballon dessai.
Studies in the History and Method of Science Various


“smoothness in dancing, lightness of step,” 1830, from French ballon, literally “balloon” (see balloon (n.)).


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