zep·​pe·​lin | \ ˈze-p(ə-)lən How to pronounce zeppelin (audio) \

Definition of zeppelin

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

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Examples of zeppelin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who grew up on the lake, invented the zeppelin and started building airships in Friedrichshafen in the late 1890s. Diane Daniel, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 In other words: looming stock market blowups resembling the infamous German zeppelin that crashed in New Jersey in 1937. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 25 June 2021 Though the zeppelin held the advantage in terms of safety, passenger satisfaction and reliability over long distances, the airplane enjoyed the benefit of sheer quantity, with the United States producing 3,010 civilian aircraft in 1936 alone. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2020 Why did zeppelins use hydrogen instead of helium, the American airship gas of choice? Keith O’brien, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2020 One of the highlights of the film takes place in the German zeppelin airship. Susan King, Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2020 Now scientists and others are starting to look at zeppelins as something more than hovering billboards like the Goodyear Blimp. April White, Smithsonian, 22 Nov. 2019 The age of huge, ocean-crossing zeppelins came to an end in 1937, when the Hindenburg — the largest craft of its type ever built — erupted in flames while landing in New Jersey. NBC News, 19 Aug. 2019 Doehner was only 8 years old when the famous zeppelin erupted into flames and crashed while docking in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937, according to his obituary. Fox News, 17 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of zeppelin

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zeppelin

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

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“Zeppelin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeppelin. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for zeppelin


zep·​pe·​lin | \ ˈze-pə-lən How to pronounce zeppelin (audio) \

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

Zeppelin biographical name

Zep·​pe·​lin | \ ˌtse-pə-ˈlēn How to pronounce Zeppelin (audio) , ˈze-p(ə-)lən \

Definition of Zeppelin

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

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