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dirigible

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

an airship.

adjective

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

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Origin of dirigible

First recorded in 1580–90 for the adjective and in 1885–90 for the noun; from Latin dīrigere, dēregere “to arrange, align, straighten, direct” + English adjective suffix -ible; see direct, -ible

OTHER WORDS FROM dirigible

dir·i·gi·bil·i·ty, nounnon·dir·i·gi·bili·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 forms of dirigible

dirigibility, noun

Word Origin for dirigible

C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct
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