But are the ballast masses, so critical for the Apollo entry guidance to work properly, really gone as they should be?
Her ballast was silver, her cargo gold and emeralds and rubies.
The vessel was in ballast, and had brought money to make her purchases with.
On vessels in ballast without passengers or cargo forty per cent.
You are in the same boat, and we must divide the ballast a little more equally.'
Place it upon its side and weight it with lead or other material, making this ballast fast so that it cannot move about.
Four or five of these busts had been struck into the launch as ballast.
It carries an immense quantity of iron, or even lead, ballast.
Will you take me down to the Point when you get the ballast?
They are like the ballast with which every ship is always loaded, at once to keep it upright and enable it to sail properly.
"heavy material used to steady a ship," 1520s, from Middle English bar "bare" (see bare; in this case "mere") + last "a load, burden," or borrowed from identical terms in North Sea Germanic and Scandinavian (cf. Old Danish barlast, 14c.). "Mere" because not carried for commercial purposes. Dutch balg-last "ballast," literally "belly-load," is a folk-etymology corruption.