barrage balloon

barrage balloon
noun Date: circa 1920 a small captive balloon used to support wires or nets as protection against air attacks

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • barrage balloon — barrage′ balloon n. mil one of a series of anchored balloons from which cables or nets are suspended as a defense against air attacks …   From formal English to slang

  • barrage balloon — [bə räzh′, bəräj′] n. any of a number of anchored balloons with cables or nets attached for entangling low flying attacking airplanes …   English World dictionary

  • Barrage balloon — A barrage balloon is a large balloon tethered with metal cables, used to defend against low level attack by aircraft by damaging the aircraft on collision with the cables, or at least making the attacker s approach more difficult. Some versions… …   Wikipedia

  • barrage balloon — noun an elongated tethered balloon or blimp with cables or net suspended from it to deter enemy planes that are flying low • Hypernyms: ↑airship, ↑dirigible • Hyponyms: ↑kite balloon * * * ˈbarrage balloon 7 [barrage balloon] …   Useful english dictionary

  • barrage balloon — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms barrage balloon : singular barrage balloon plural barrage balloons one of several large balloons that float in the air over a town to prevent enemy aircraft from attacking …   English dictionary

  • barrage balloon — barrage balloons N COUNT Barrage balloons are large balloons which are fixed to the ground by strong steel cables. They are used in wartime, when the cables are intended to destroy low flying enemy aircraft …   English dictionary

  • barrage balloon — barrage bal.loon [ US .ˈ. .ˌ.] n a large bag that floats in the air to prevent enemy planes from flying near the ground …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • barrage balloon — /ˈbæraʒ bəlun/ (say barahzh buhloohn) noun a balloon used in a balloon barrage …   Australian English dictionary

  • barrage-balloon — barrˈage balloon noun • • • Main Entry: ↑barrage …   Useful english dictionary

  • barrage balloon — a balloon or blimp, usually one of several anchored around a military area, city, etc., from which wires or nets are hung as a protection against attacks from low flying aircraft. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

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