blimpnoun [ C ]uk /blɪmp/ us /blɪmp/ mainly US UK usually airship
- 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.
- Because of its large size and slow speed, the blimp can be easily seen floating above cities with its huge Goodyear sign on the side of the balloon.
- In total, there are fewer than 50 blimps in the world today.
- 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.