Meaning of “airship” in the English Dictionary

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"airship" in British English

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airshipnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈeə.ʃɪp/ us /ˈer.ʃɪp/ mainly UK US usually blimp

a large aircraft without wings, used especially in the past, consisting of a large bag filled with gas that is lighter than air and driven by engines. Passengers were carried in a structure hanging below.


  • 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.

(Definition of “airship” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)