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 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 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, "This 1915 Silent Film Was the ‘Joker’ of Its Day," 23 Oct. 2019 City’s history with helium Beginning in the 1920s, the U.S. government hoarded helium for military purposes — specifically, to keep its balloons and dirigibles afloat. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Global helium market faces more uncertainty as government prepares to sell its stockpile stored in Texas," 21 June 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, "Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria," 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, "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

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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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The first known use of dirigible was in 1581

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dirigible

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

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