noun Etymology: French ballonnet, diminutive of ballon Date: 1902 a compartment of variable volume within the interior of a balloon or airship used to control ascent and descent

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  • Ballonet — Ballonet, in der Luftschiffahrt ein kleiner Ballon innerhalb eines größeren, der den Zweck hat, letzteren stets bei praller Form zu erhalten. Das Ballonet wird nach Maßgabe des Gasverlustes, den der große Ballon erleidet, von der Gondel aus… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Ballonet — Ballonet, soviel wie Meusniersche Tasche, s. Luftschiffahrt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ballonet — (frz., spr. neh), Meusniersche Tasche, ein im Innern eines Luftballons befindlicher kleiner Ballon, den man voll Luft pumpt, um dem Luftballon die durch Gasverlust verloren gehende straffe Form zu erhalten …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • ballonet — [bal΄ə net′] n. [Fr ballonnet, dim. of ballon,BALLOON] any of several auxiliary air containers within a balloon or airship, that can be inflated or deflated to compensate for changing gas pressure during flight: used to control altitude and… …   English World dictionary

  • Ballonet — Ballonets are air filled bags that are located inside the envelope of an airship. An airship has two ballonets, one fore and one aft. The ballonets are similar to the ballast tanks of a submarine. Because air is heavier than helium, the ballonets …   Wikipedia

  • ballonet — /bal euh nay /, n. an air or gasbag compartment in a balloon or airship, used to control buoyancy and maintain shape. [1900 05; < F; see BALLOON, ET] * * * …   Universalium

  • ballonet — noun one of several small balloons, inside a dirigible, that can be inflated or deflated to control buoyancy during flight …   Wiktionary

  • ballonet — n. interior gasbag (changeable in volume) of a balloon or airship used to control and preserve buoyancy and shape by inflating or deflating it during flight …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ballonet — bal·lo·net …   English syllables

  • ballonet — bal•lo•net [[t]ˌbæl əˈneɪ[/t]] n. aer. an air or gasbag compartment in a balloon or airship used to control buoyancy and shape • Etymology: 1900–05; < F …   From formal English to slang

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