zeppelin

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noun zep·pe·lin \ˈze-p(ə-)lən\

Definition of zeppelin

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

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Origin and Etymology of zeppelin

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin


First Known Use: 1896


Zeppelin

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

Definition of Zeppelin

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


ZEPPELIN Defined for English Language Learners

zeppelin

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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

zeppelin

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noun zep·pe·lin \ˈze-pə-lən\

Definition of zeppelin for Students

  1. :  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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