[dir-i-juh-buh l, dih-rij-uh-]
- an airship.
- designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered.
Origin of dirigible
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Examples from the Web for dirigible
Gas is indispensable in the operation of dirigible balloons, and gas is expensive.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The crew of that dirigible of death, Chris discovered, had not had a chance.
The dirigible swung; white-clad shoulders and body slumped into view.
Theoretically, there is no limit to the lift of a dirigible.
You can please yourself, but—you might as well choose a dirigible.
- able to be steered or directed
- another name for airship
C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct
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Word Origin and History for dirigible
"airship," 1885, from French dirigeable, literally "capable of being directed or guided," from Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). The word existed as an adjective in English from 1580s, with the literal sense.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper