airshipnoun [ C ]uk /ˈeə.ʃɪp/ us /ˈer.ʃɪp/ mainly UK US usually blimp
Examples from literature
- After the war, airships continued to be developed for military and commercial purposes.
- Although travel in commercial airships with solid frames was stopped after the Hindenburg accident, a similar type of airship, known as a blimp, is still made and flown to this day.
- Germany also used airships in World War I to bomb British cities.
- In 1937, the airship Hindenburg caught fire while trying to land in New Jersey, USA.
- In the 19th century, balloons were redesigned to create the first passenger airships.
- It was the end of commercial hydrogen airships.
- The first passenger airline was the German DELAG company, which started commercial airship flights in 1910.
- While the cigar-shaped balloon looks similar to the old solid-frame airships, the blimp’s balloon body has no frame and is kept in shape by air pressure.
- "Next to riding in an airship and skating, it's the finest thing I know of," answered David.
- A great airship was sailing towards us.
- Almost imperceptibly the giant airship floated away.
- Jack experienced an odd thrill as he prepared to send the first spoken word ever exchanged between an airship in motion and a station on land.
- The airship had a complement of twenty-five men and five tons of dead weight.