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



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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