Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not stabilized or properly stabilized by ballast.
  • adj. Unsteady; wavering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not loaded or stabilized with ballast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Freed from ballast; having discharged ballast.
  • adj. Not furnished with ballast; not kept steady by ballast; unsteady.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not furnished with ballast; not kept steady by ballast or by weight; unsteady: literally or figuratively: as, unballasted wits.

Etymologies

un- +‎ ballasted (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "unballasted" road, can be left to the reader's imagination!

    The Story of the Cambrian A Biography of a Railway

  • Observers of subsequent, similar military behaviors — from Stanley Kubrick to Michael Moore to Anthony Swofford, whose memoir Jarhead was rapturously received when it came out on the eve of the Iraq War — have tended to see psychosis to the exclusion of much else, as a presumable product of cynical, fractured times and wars unballasted with the meaning we ascribe to the Good War.

    Getting Their Guns Off

  • Timid and irresolute Catharine, who desired to steer clear of the Scylla of Spanish intervention quite as much as of the Charybdis of Huguenot supremacy, trembled for the security of her unballasted bark.

    The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)

  • It was a rickety concern, was unballasted, and looked as if, loosely thrown together, it had never filled its original mission and had been practically abandoned.

    Bart Stirling's Road to Success Or, The Young Express Agent

  • At every turn we eagerly hoped to meet the hand-car, but it never came, and we jolted on from tie to tie for eleven weary miles, reaching Cowan after midnight, exhausted and sore in every muscle from frequent falls on the rough, unballasted road-bed.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • The body loomed beside us like the rolling hull of an unballasted ship.

    Swept Out to Sea Clint Webb Among the Whalers

  • The train then went off for Pool Quay at a smart pace, considering that the rails were unballasted, and with the trucks loaded with juveniles, many of whom perhaps had this day their first trip by railway.

    The Story of the Cambrian A Biography of a Railway

  • They cuddled up under a tarpaulin sheet and settled down for the night, when someone gave the wagon a shove and starting down an incline on the unballasted track it proceeded merrily on its way to Ynyslas.

    The Story of the Cambrian A Biography of a Railway

  • Then, as if the clouds had discharged their aqueous cargo and rode light as unballasted ships, they lifted in aerial fleets and sailed away, white in a blue sky.

    The Hidden Places

  • The rails were spiked to every alternate sleeper, and then the great 80-ton engine moved cautiously forward along the unballasted track, like an elephant trying a doubtful bridge.

    The River War An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

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