- a self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft with means of controlling the direction of flight; dirigible.
Origin of airship
- to send or ship via aircraft: to air-ship machine parts overseas.
Origin of air-ship
First recorded in 1950–1955
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Examples from the Web for airship
The fire appeared on the tail of the airship, igniting the leaking hydrogen.
The airship had become charged with static as a result of an electrical storm.
Who is going to say whether an applicant is competent to pilot a balloon or airship?
There has not yet been much opportunity to test the airship in actual warfare.
"If you're sure you're not hurt by the airship smash, I will," declared the lad.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
Commercial development of the airplane and the airship commenced after the war.The Age of Invention
It was not the airship raids from which these crowds were fleeing.
- a lighter-than-air self-propelled craftAlso called: dirigible, zeppelin
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Word Origin and History for airship
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