\ 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

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Trump was largely steering clear of London, where protests are planned and where organizers had permission to fly a blimp over Parliament portraying the president as an orange crying baby. Washington Post, "Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill," 12 July 2018 For years, the largest operational aircraft has been the Hybrid Air Vehicles’ (HAV) Airlander 10, a giant blimp-like contraption that can hold around 20 passengers and bares resemblance to a certain piece of human anatomy, some have said. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Giant Airlander 10 Airship to Welcome Commercial Passengers," 14 Jan. 2019 The company’s promotional slide deck included an illustration of a rugged landscape featuring armored vehicles, helicopters, a plane and a surveillance blimp. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "Behind Erik Prince’s China venture," 4 May 2018 Others, however, were more forgiving of Swing's shaky camera work, believing that Swing actually saw a UFO and not a toy drone or a blimp, as many in the comments have accused him of showing. Fox News, "UFO speculation surges after North Carolina lake video goes viral," 16 Aug. 2018 Since that first Baby Trump showing in London, the idea of using such a blimp has spread. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Baby Trump’ blimp arrives on Vashon Island," 20 Aug. 2018 An inflatable blimp of President Donald Trump wearing a diaper, clutching a cell phone and throwing a temper tantrum has been given approval to fly near Britain's Parliament in London during Trump's visit to the United Kingdom next week. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Diaper-clad 'Trump Baby' blimp to fly over London during president's visit," 5 July 2018 At least half a dozen people on Twitter asked if the match was being shot from a blimp. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "From a Blimp? The Moon? Fans Assail Camera Angle at the U.S. Open’s New Stadium," 27 Aug. 2018 There are considerations about keeping the blimp partially inflated to save on helium costs. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Baby Trump’ blimp arrives on Vashon Island," 20 Aug. 2018

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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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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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