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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The balloons of most modern airships are filled with helium rather than the explosive hydrogen used in the Hindenburg. Keith Baker, Quartz, "Four bold visions for the future of flying," 20 Aug. 2019 For all its potential benefits, Hunt’s airship idea has its critics. NBC News, "Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.," 19 Aug. 2019 Long before the rigid German airships that would bear his name patrolled the skies, a young Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin found early inspiration for his aeronautical adventures in downtown St. Paul. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Downtown St. Paul public art commemorates Zeppelin creator’s first hot-air balloon ride," 17 June 2019 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,, "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

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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


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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