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

Definition of airship

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The world of the books is a familiar-yet-uncanny blend of old-fashioned technology — gas lights, airships — and advanced science, of everyday worries and fantastical creatures including witches and armored bears. Washington Post, "Philip Pullman’s latest book is adventure for an anxious age," 27 Nov. 2019 Why did zeppelins use hydrogen instead of helium, the American airship gas of choice? Keith O’brien, New York Times, "When Airplanes and Zeppelins Competed to Conquer the Skies," 28 Apr. 2020 If the Hindenburg hadn’t put the airship industry to pasture, evolution would’ve eventually finished the job. Starre Vartan, Popular Mechanics, "Airships Haven’t Been Able to Get Back Up Off the Ground—Until Now," 31 Mar. 2020 Most modern airships use helium, a nonflammable but expensive and rare gas. April White, Smithsonian, "Why Zeppelins Are on the Rise Again," 22 Nov. 2019 Rigid airships could potentially use far less carbon dioxide than boats. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Return of the Airship Makes More Sense Than Ever," 5 Sep. 2019 The new airships are also much faster, clocking up to 73 mph, while the older blimps maxed out at 50 mph. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s newest zeppelin (not blimp) will take to the skies this summer," 20 Mar. 2018 The booking does not include a ride in the blimp, which will be docked at Wingfoot Lake Airship Hangar in Mogadore - the world’s oldest airship base, according to Goodyear. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Want to spend a night on the Goodyear Blimp? It’s on Airbnb for three nights this month," 8 Oct. 2019 The researchers also recovered artifacts from the Austro-Hungarian expedition of 1874 that first mapped the archipelago and an 1898-1899 expedition by American journalist Walter Wellman (who would later attempt to fly to the North Pole by airship. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Walrus attacks Russian Navy, sinking inflatable boat," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of airship

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airship was in 1826

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25 May 2020

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“Airship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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