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

Definition of airship

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

Examples of airship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Avengers Campus, opening Friday in Anaheim, boasts a new interactive ride and a glossy, silver airship. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Davis points out that a similar chain marks the site of the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, where 36 passengers and crew died in the 1937 crash of a German airship. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 In 1937, the fiery destruction of the Hindenburg airship shocked the world, largely because the spectacular and deadly disaster was captured on newsreels. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 The airship has a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour (about 81 miles an hour), and a trip from Liverpool to Belfast -- 271 kilometers (168 miles) -- would take five hours 20 minutes, according to HAV. Jack Guy, CNN, 27 May 2021 News cameras filmed the fiery crash and live radio coverage and front-page eyewitness reports like the account here led to the demise of the the commercial airship industry. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 The character later joined him to stop bad guys on an airship over San Francisco. CBS News, 5 Jan. 2021 The museum is a Smithsonian affiliate and houses a collection of aviation history artifacts, including the Apollo 7 Command Module, artifacts from the German airship Hindenburg, and more than 200 World War II aircraft models. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2021 The character later joined him to stop bad guys on an airship over San Francisco. CBS News, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of airship

1826, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Airship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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