ballasting (n.)
weight [in rank], balance, sway
Cym III.vii.50[Innogen to herself, then as if to Posthumus, of Arviragus and Guiderius being her brothers] would it had been so ... then had my prize / Been less, and so more equal ballasting / To thee, Posthumus
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