air·ship | \-ˌship \

Definition of airship 

: a lighter-than-air aircraft having propulsion and steering systems

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Suddenly, the airship was rocked by a catastrophic fabric failure. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trevor Thompson survived Erin Hills air blimp crash. This is the rest of the story," 13 June 2018 The airships used their hooks to recover the planes and retract them into the hangars built into these cavernous ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Gremlins' Will Turn Airplanes Into Flying Aircraft Carriers," 14 May 2018 The third airship to complete the newest fleet is under construction at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake blimp hangar outside Akron in Springfield. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Goodyear's Wingfoot One to fly Tampa Bay AirFest (video)," 10 May 2018 The Goodyear Tire company is training pilots of its iconic blimps to fly new airships. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "If you saw the Goodyear blimp over Indianapolis, this is why," 18 June 2018 Tiremaker Goodyear had been building airships since 1911. Andrew Van Dam,, "The blimp industry is changing, right over our noses," 12 June 2018 Goodyear has undertaken the biggest U.S. airship-pilot training program since World War II. Andrew Van Dam,, "The blimp industry is changing, right over our noses," 12 June 2018 The volunteer, DIY-space program envisions using several stages of airships to get from the ground to station at about 140,000 feet and then employing solar-electric propulsion to get from an altitude of about 180,000 feet into space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: NASA chief sort of endorses SLS; Russia woes; Virgin Orbit," 8 June 2018 The other would be a robotic cargo ship carrying the airship, which would be folded up inside a 100-foot-long capsule. NBC News, "NASA has a plan to let humans soar above the clouds on Venus," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of airship

1826, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airship

: a very large aircraft that does not have wings but that has a body filled with gas so that it floats and that is driven through the air by engines


air·ship | \ˈer-ˌship \

Kids Definition of airship

: an aircraft lighter than air that is kept in the air by one or more compartments filled with gas and that has an engine and steering

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