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airship

[air-ship]
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noun
  1. a self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft with means of controlling the direction of flight; dirigible.
Compare blimp.

Origin of airship

1810–20, for an earlier sense; air1 + ship1

air-ship

[air-ship]
verb (used with object), air-shipped, air-ship·ping.
  1. to send or ship via aircraft: to air-ship machine parts overseas.

Origin of air-ship

First recorded in 1950–1955
Related formsair-ship·pa·ble, adjective
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airship

noun
  1. a lighter-than-air self-propelled craftAlso called: dirigible, zeppelin
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Word Origin and History for airship

n.

also air-ship, 1888, translating German Luftschiff "motor-driver dirigible;" see air (n.1) + ship (n.).

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