- an airship.
- designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered.
Origin of dirigible
Examples from the Web for dirigible
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.