zep·​pe·​lin | \ ˈze-p(ə-)lən \

Definition of zeppelin

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: a rigid airship consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells broadly : airship


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Zep·​pe·​lin | \ ˌtse-pə-ˈlēn , ˈze-p(ə-)lən\

Definition of Zeppelin (Entry 2 of 2)

Ferdinand (Adolf August Heinrich) 1838–1917 Graf von Zeppelin German general and aeronaut

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Instead, the distinction rests with Germany’s zeppelin force of World War I. Loaded with bombs, these airships crossed the Baltic and North Seas to attack Great Britain, attempting to lower morale and drive Britain out of the war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Huge Concrete “Mirrors” That Helped the U.K. Predict Air Raids During World War I," 10 Jan. 2019 Visit Goodyear's website for more information about the company's zeppelins and blimps. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s newest zeppelin (not blimp) will take to the skies this summer," 20 Mar. 2018 In Battlefield 1 that included a take on Lawrence of Arabia, a crawl through the muddy trenches of France, and a fight atop a crashing zeppelin. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Battlefield V returns to WWII with no plans for a premium season pass," 23 May 2018 The new zeppelin - not yet named - is now being painted inside Goodyear's 101 year-old hangar at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s newest zeppelin (not blimp) will take to the skies this summer," 20 Mar. 2018 For Londoners, the threat began in January 1915, when the Germans sent zeppelins loaded with bombs across the Channel. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "WWI’s Zeppelin Bombings Popularized the Trend of ‘Pyjamas’," 7 Feb. 2018 Just not as much fun as the guy who’s staying in his luxury zeppelin tethered above the 18th green. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "You Don't Have to Be Wealthy (or Even Be Invited to Anything) to Have a Great Time at Pebble Beach," 22 Mar. 2018 There was no skywriting, no zeppelin, no annunciatory angel; the press alone was responsible for staving off disaster. Andrew Kahn, Slate Magazine, "A review of the solar eclipse of 2017.," 21 Aug. 2017 Take a walk through the centers of Manhattan or Tokyo, with their LED-zeppelin screens and sky-plundering advertisements. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "The Replicant: Inside the Dark Future of Blade Runner 2049," 22 Sep. 2017

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

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English Language Learners Definition of zeppelin

: 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


zep·​pe·​lin | \ ˈze-pə-lən \

Kids Definition of zeppelin

: 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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