airship

noun
air·​ship | \ -ˌship How to pronounce airship (audio) \

Definition of airship

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

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This shiny silver monster, then known as the Pregnant Guppy, looks more like an airship than an aircraft. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 Instead, the distinction rests with Germany’s zeppelin force of World War I. Loaded with bombs, these airships crossed the Baltic and North Seas to attack Great Britain, attempting to lower morale and drive Britain out of the war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Huge Concrete “Mirrors” That Helped the U.K. Predict Air Raids During World War I," 10 Jan. 2019 Only 128 people are qualified to fly airships in the U.S., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Andrew Van Dam, chicagotribune.com, "The blimp industry is changing, right over our noses," 12 June 2018 The airship will be able to hold 19 passengers and ferry them to all manner of remote locations. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Giant Airlander 10 Airship to Welcome Commercial Passengers," 14 Jan. 2019 There's now a hybrid airship that's practically a flying mansion. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Hybrid Airship Is Basically a Flying Mansion," 30 July 2018 But those incidents were nothing like what happened near Erin Hills, where fabric envelope panels on the airship tore away. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trevor Thompson survived Erin Hills air blimp crash. This is the rest of the story," 13 June 2018 Most people who see them don't know their true purpose: A hundred years ago, the British government built these monumental structures as a way to pick up the sounds of approaching airships and know the Germans were coming. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Huge Concrete “Mirrors” That Helped the U.K. Predict Air Raids During World War I," 10 Jan. 2019 Created by Hybrid Air Vehicles, the Airlander 10 (as it's known) is part airship, part helicopter, and part plane. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Hybrid Airship Is Basically a Flying Mansion," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of airship

1826, in the meaning defined above

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airship

noun

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

airship

noun
air·​ship | \ ˈer-ˌship How to pronounce airship (audio) \

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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