di·​ri·​gi·​ble | \ˈdir-ə-jə-bəl, də-ˈri-jə- \

Definition of dirigible 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being steered



Definition of dirigible (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of dirigible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On May 6, 1937, the world’s largest dirigible airship went up in towering flames in New Jersey. Donovan Webster, Smithsonian, "What Really Felled the Hindenburg?," 4 May 2017 On May 6, 1937, the world’s largest dirigible airship went up in towering flames in New Jersey. Donovan Webster, Smithsonian, "What Really Felled the Hindenburg?," 4 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show," 21 Apr. 2018 Some sources reported dirigibles powered by steam engines. Greg Eghigian, Smithsonian, "How UFO Reports Change With the Technology of the Times," 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, "Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Reality," 30 Sep. 2017 So, for a dirigible to work on Saturn, its entire interior would have to be a vacuum. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A travel guide for our future Solar System," 9 July 2017 It has been suggested to maintain an aerial patrol along the routes followed by shipping, seaplanes and dirigibles taking their supplies of bombs and fuel from mother ships of the class officially known as ‘ Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "Tennessee’s “Monkey Law” Finally Repealed, 50 Years Ago," 26 June 2017 Known to love dirigibles, Brin would use the blimp, which could cost as much as $150 million, for personal travel, too. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Google co-founder to build $100M+ blimp: Report," 28 May 2017 One taken May 11, 1932, recorded the dirigible Akron breaking loose while landing on Kearny Mesa. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Found photos offer look at Charles Lindbergh in San Diego before his famous solo flight," 7 May 2017 The staging involved everything from floating dirigibles to nearly 100 live sheep. Anthony Tommasini, Zachary Woolfe, Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, David Allen And James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "The Best Classical Music of 2016," 7 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of dirigible


1581, in the meaning defined above


1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dirigible


Latin dirigere


dirigible (balloon)

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