Definitions for "Ballast"
Gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad to make it firm and solid.
The larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete.
To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid.
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.
Any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness.
Fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
A sand-and-gravel mix sometimes used as aggregate for making concrete.
Material selected for placement on the roadbed for the purpose of holding the track in place.
A material installed over the top of a roof membrane to help hold it in place. Ballasts are loose laid and can consist of aggregate, or concrete pavers.
The system of tanks into which water and air are pumped. By doing so, the buoyancy of the submarine is changed and it climbs toward the surface or dives toward the bottom.
Keywords:  jib, sails, balloon, parts
Parts Balloon Jib Sails
a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
Keywords:  rests, chippings, stone, permanent, way
This is the term for the stone chippings upon which the permanent way rests.