dirigible

adjective
di·​ri·​gi·​ble | \ ˈdir-ə-jə-bəl How to pronounce dirigible (audio) , də-ˈri-jə- How to pronounce dirigible (audio) \

Definition of dirigible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being steered

dirigible

noun

Definition of dirigible (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of dirigible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Other inventions, which never quite succeeded, included a sailboat with an adjustable mast, a dirigible, a fiberglass ukulele and a solid-foam football, with grooves in the surface. Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2021 Other inventions, which never quite succeeded, included a sailboat with an adjustable mast, a dirigible, a fiberglass ukulele and a solid-foam football, with grooves in the surface. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 But these options do sound nice: a Swedish firm has already ordered a dirigible outfitted with deluxe cabins for trips over the North Pole. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 9 June 2021 According to the company, dirigible travel will emit ninety per cent less carbon dioxide per passenger mile than a standard airplane—and, by 2030, an all-electric version may eliminate emissions entirely. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 9 June 2021 The concept of the dirigible started as a joke that Sesshu was riffing off. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 On May 6, 1937, the world’s largest dirigible airship went up in towering flames in New Jersey. Donovan Webster, Smithsonian, 4 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But now that the transportation sector is looking for serious ways to cut carbon emissions, dirigibles are attempting to make a comeback. Starre Vartan, Popular Mechanics, 31 Mar. 2020 Three days later, the Hindenburg’s 7 million cubic feet of hydrogen erupted into a firestorm as the dirigible attempted to dock at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey on the evening of May 6, 1937. Eric Larsen, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2019 Gadgets abound but her main secret weapon is the dirigible that, perpetually hovering in the clouds, can be used for surveillance and the application of knockout drugs, as well as facilitating various abductions, thefts and escapes. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2019 On a November evening last year, Jennifer Doudna put on a stylish black evening gown and headed to Hangar One, a building at NASA’s Ames Research Center that was constructed in 1932 to house dirigibles. Quanta Magazine, 6 Feb. 2015 Others include the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 and the deadly crash of the German dirigible Hindenburg in New Jersey in 1937. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2018 Some sources reported dirigibles powered by steam engines. Greg Eghigian, Smithsonian, 2 Feb. 2018 Americans also loved scenes from abroad, peering excitedly at Egyptian camels, Central American women pounding tortilla flour, dirigibles in flight, exploding volcanoes. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, 30 Sep. 2017 In the 1930s, the Ames's Hangar One was one home to the Navy dirigible, the USS Macon, according to its Web site. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, 28 May 2017

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First Known Use of dirigible

Adjective

1581, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dirigible

Adjective

Latin dirigere

Noun

dirigible (balloon)

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“Dirigible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirigible. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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dirigible

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