A lighter-than-air balloon secured by a rope to the ground, used to carry radar equipment or for parachute jumps.
- He had to run the gauntlet of the fire directed from a captive balloon, as well as from the ground, in order to attack his objective.
- The highlight was the finish, the Prince of Wales feathers followed by the captive balloon, and then it was back home to gooseberry pie and new potatoes in June.
- The first Cameron captive balloon was installed at the Longleat Safari park in southern England.
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Syllabification: cap·tive bal·loon
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