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dirigible

[dir-i-juh-buh l, dih-rij-uh-]
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noun
  1. an airship.
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adjective
  1. designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered.
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Origin of dirigible

1575–85; 1905–10 for noun; < Latin dīrig(ere) to direct + -ible
Related formsdir·i·gi·bil·i·ty, nounnon·dir·i·gi·bil·i·ty, nounnon·dir·i·gi·ble, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for dirigible

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • The dirigible swung; white-clad shoulders and body slumped into view.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • Theoretically, there is no limit to the lift of a dirigible.

    With The Night Mail

    Rudyard Kipling

  • You can please yourself, but—you might as well choose a dirigible.

    With The Night Mail

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for dirigible

dirigible

adjective
  1. able to be steered or directed
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noun
  1. another name for airship
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Derived Formsdirigibility, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct
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Word Origin and History for dirigible

n.

"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.

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