dirigible

[ dir-i-juh-buh l, dih-rij-uh- ]
/ ˈdɪr ɪ dʒə bəl, dɪˈrɪdʒ ə- /

noun

an airship.

adjective

designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered.

Nearby words

  1. dirge,
  2. dirham,
  3. dirhem,
  4. dirhinous,
  5. dirichlet,
  6. dirigisme,
  7. dirigo,
  8. diriment,
  9. diriment impediment,
  10. dirk

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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British Dictionary definitions for dirigible

dirigible

/ (dɪˈrɪdʒɪbəl) /

adjective

able to be steered or directed

noun

another name for airship
Derived Formsdirigibility, noun

Word Origin for dirigible

C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct

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Word Origin and History for dirigible

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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