Like balloons, the birds were meant to be able to carry a human aloft in a gilded cage.
A rousing finish briefly electrified the hall as Ryan and Ann Romney bounded onto the stage and the balloons dropped on cue.
In a tearful statement, he launched into a soliloquy about seeing himself free again playing with children, balloons, and dogs.
We want 73 party hats, 400 balloons, a cake for 125 and any of the girls that are available in those costumes you sent up before.
Watch as Lennon “the Liberator” and Yoko Ono battle with the press and set some balloons free.
In England one of the most famous aeronauts was Mr Green, who introduced coal gas for balloons, and made many hundreds of ascents.
The balloon was one of the two Boyce balloons and had never been tried.
Then the shells there are bigger than balloons, and are the largest hollow shot ever made—the French has nothing like them.
Steamers, and railroads, and balloons—all you have heard of, I doubt not.
The balloons were asked to answer the question, 'Has the enemy any outposts in rear of his camp?'
1570s, "a game played with a large inflated leather ball," from Italian pallone "large ball," from palla "ball," from a Germanic source akin to Langobardic palla (from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell;" see bole) + -one, suffix indicating great size.
Perhaps also borrowed in part from French ballon (16c.), altered (after balle) from Italian pallone. It also meant the ball itself (1590s), which was batted back and forth by means of large wooden paddles strapped to the forearms. In 17c., it also meant "a type of fireworks housed in a pasteboard ball" (1630s) and "round ball used as an architectural ornament" (1650s). Acquired modern meaning after Montgolfier brothers' flights, 1783. As a child's toy, it is attested from 1848; as "outline containing words in a comic engraving" it dates from 1844. Also cf. -oon.
"to go up in a balloon," 1792; "to swell, puff up," 1841, from balloon (n.). Related: Ballooned; ballooning.
balloon bal·loon (bə-lōōn')
An inflatable spherical device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes.
A woman's breasts, esp large •Possibly offensive to women