air·​ship ˈer-ˌship How to pronounce airship (audio)
: a lighter-than-air aircraft having propulsion and steering systems

Examples of airship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The impact detonated the 5.5 million cubic feet of highly flammable hydrogen in the airship’s 15 gasbags. Dominic Green,, 27 Apr. 2023 The airships could also have military capabilities. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 Moffett Field was established as a West Coast base for the nation’s rigid airship program, and Hangar One’s celebrated tenant, the Macon, arrived in 1933. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 Because of the remote location, the sheriff's department requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol, who lent an airship to their search for the scene. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 29 Jan. 2024 Its unique curves and contours evoke the cylindrical airships of the early 20th century. Anna Tingley, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 After several flights in California, the airship will head back to the company’s hangar in Akron, Ohio. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2023 Here's a Brotherhood of Steel airship; one of these was particularly prominent in 2015's Fallout 4. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2023 Beijing claimed that the balloon was an airship with meteorological gear that blew off course. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airship was in 1826

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“Airship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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air·​ship ˈa(ə)r-ˌship How to pronounce airship (audio)
: a lighter-than-air aircraft with its own power and steering

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