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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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 We were excited back in 2016 to hear that the Airlander 10, a 302-foot-long hybrid airship, was finally taking its first test flight. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World’s Largest Aircraft Will Have Luxurious Bedrooms and Glass Floors," 18 July 2018 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

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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


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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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