: an airship that maintains its form by pressure from contained gas
capitalized : colonel blimp

Examples of blimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blimp then began to rise as McElhenney wished Reynolds a happy birthday and the team members clapped in the background. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2024 Jess is Tara’s right-hand woman, who is deaf in one ear, following a blimp accident. Dennard Dayle, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2024 Over the past six seasons, Bassett’s Los Angeles Police Department field sergeant Athena Grant has weathered an absolutely staggering number of calamities including, but by no means limited to: a tsunami, a citywide blackout, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, and, yes, a blimp crash. Patrick Gomez,, 6 Mar. 2024 As for the airship, the carbon-fiber blimp is held down by secure ropes until given the green light to disengage. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2024 Over the years, he's gotten stick time on dozens of aircraft, from the iconic Korean War-era Soviet MiG-15 to the Goodyear blimp. Scott Neuman, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 In response to the blimps, Customs says most drug smugglers started to land ahead of the border and head for the U.S. by land. Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 Zeppelins, dirigibles, blimps, and other forms have delivered slow, steady travel over oceans and other areas of the Earth that had been inaccessible to most short-range aircraft. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 Although airships never died off entirely—the Goodyear blimps, familiar to sports fans, are proof of that—the industry was already in decline by 1937, the year of the Hindenburg disaster. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Dec. 2022

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Word History


imitative; perhaps from the sound made by striking the gas bag with the thumb

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blimp was in 1916

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“Blimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an airship filled with gas like a balloon

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