Definition of zeppelin
: a rigid airship consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells; broadly : airship
Recent Examples of zeppelin from the Web
The silvery vacuum chamber resembles a zeppelin, the vaguely Art Deco lines of the welds between its stainless steel panels looking at once futuristic and old-fashioned.
Additional coils of wire around the spectrometer must precisely cancel Earth's magnetic field, or else the electrons will run into the zeppelin's wall.
Back in 1936, though, Close was just one of the two children on a zeppelin gondola largely filled with German businessmen.
An elegant ride The Hindenburg was part of a class of rigid-frame airships known as Zeppelins introduced by Germany in 1900.
Sources report that the airship resembles a zeppelin but refused to elaborate on the details.
The new zeppelin will have a rigid structure made of aluminum and carbon fiber and will operate like a helicopter rather than the ship-like blimp.
And Nomad was illustrated with a screen of two giant zeppelin airships in a cloudy sky.
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Origin and Etymology of zeppelin
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
First Known Use: 1896See Words from the same year
Definition of Zeppelin
Ferdinand (Adolf August Heinrich) 1838–1917 Graf von Zeppelin German general and aeronaut
ZEPPELIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zeppelin for English Language Learners
: a large aircraft without wings that floats because it is filled with gas and that has a rigid frame inside its body to help it keep its shape
ZEPPELIN Defined for Kids
Definition of zeppelin for Students
: an airship resembling a huge long balloon that has a metal frame and is driven through the air by engines carried on its underside
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