barrage balloon

barrage balloons
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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. 2008.

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