\ ˈblimp How to pronounce blimp (audio) \

Definition of blimp

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

Examples of blimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early '80s Stewart was playing a concert in London that was advertised with a blimp flying over the venue with his face on it. Brandon Griggs, CNN, "11 juicy details from Elton John's new memoir," 16 Oct. 2019 Many people think this was built as a docking space for blimps and airships in the 1930s but historians say this isn't the case. CBS News, "Exclusive look inside the Empire State Building's $160 million makeover," 11 Oct. 2019 There was a giant blimp depicting the president as an orange infant. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "‘Are you proud to be an American?’ Why Trump’s 4th of July was a tale of three different celebrations," 5 July 2019 Only three one-night stays in the blimp will be available for purchase — October 22, 23 and 24 — all leading up to the game between rivals University of Michigan and Notre Dame on October 26. Hannah Chubb,, "Grab Your Pink Suitcase! You Can Now Stay in the Real Barbie Malibu Dream House Thanks to Airbnb," 17 Oct. 2019 The network had a blimp overhead for the Series, so the pilot heeded Michaels’ instructions on which shots to get. Ron Kroichick,, "Al Michaels brought Bay Area background to 1989 earthquake coverage," 12 Oct. 2019 That revelation led him to launch Cloudline, a company working to connect isolated communities to markets by providing deliveries in blimp-like unmanned airships. Quartz Staff, Quartz Africa, "Quartz Africa Innovators 2019: leading the change for Africa’s future," 19 Sep. 2019 And on Tuesday, a woman popped one of the Trump baby blimps used by protesters marching against President Donald Trump's visit to the U.K., according to the British newspaper The Independent. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Woman pops Trump baby blimp amid protests in London," 5 June 2019 Close by, hundreds of anti-Trump protesters clapped and took photos when a 20-foot (6-meter) blimp of a snarling Trump baby in a diaper was inflated. Michael Schneider, Twin Cities, "Trump rehashes gripes, rips ‘radical’ Dems in 2020 launch," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of blimp

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blimp

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

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The first known use of blimp was in 1916

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13 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Blimp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of blimp

: a large aircraft without wings that floats because it is filled with gas


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Kids Definition of blimp

: an airship filled with gas like a balloon

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