Definition of blimp
1 : an airship that maintains its form by pressure from contained gas
2 capitalized : colonel blimp
Recent Examples of blimp from the Web
The shape of the old blimps was maintained by gas pressure.
The magnetic field, now supplied by graceful hoops of wire encircling the blimp, weakens to a mere six times Earth's field as the field lines spread out.
The Federal Aviation Administration had no record of the blimp being involved in any accidents before Thursday, a public affairs manager for the agency said shortly after the crash.
Dean is petrified of heights, so naturally ABC stuck him on a blimp with Rachel for the day.
Once the blimp ride is over, Rachel and Dean walk to have dinner in a park filled with tea lights hanging from trees, which is the most South Carolina thing to ever happen.
Rachel had no mercy and hopped behind the wheel of the blimp and started dive bombing it while Dean whimpered quietly.
The Wench art car adorned with the frame of a blimp follows people with butterfly wings, then comes a Pac-Man color-changing LED ghost and then the Boombox art car, complete with a DJ spinning where a tape deck would be.
Trevor Thompson was operating an advertising blimp that deflated, burst into flames and crashed.
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Origin and Etymology of blimp
imitative; perhaps from the sound made by striking the gas bag with the thumb
First Known Use: 1916See Words from the same year
BLIMP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blimp for English Language Learners
: a large aircraft without wings that floats because it is filled with gas
BLIMP Defined for Kids
Definition of blimp for Students
: an airship filled with gas like a balloon
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