airship

[ air-ship ]
/ ˈɛərˌʃɪp /

noun

a self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft with means of controlling the direction of flight; dirigible.

Nearby words

  1. airport code,
  2. airproof,
  3. airs,
  4. airscrew,
  5. airshed,
  6. airshow,
  7. airsick,
  8. airsickness,
  9. airside,
  10. airspace

Compare blimp.

Origin of airship

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

air-ship

[ air-ship ]
/ ˈɛərˌʃɪp /

verb (used with object), air-shipped, air-ship·ping.

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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British Dictionary definitions for airship

airship

/ (ˈɛəˌʃɪp) /

noun

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

airship

n.

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

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