Meaning of “blimp” in the English Dictionary

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"blimp" in British English

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blimpnoun [ C ]

uk /blɪmp/ us /blɪmp/ mainly US UK usually airship

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  • 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. 

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

"blimp" in American English

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blimpnoun [ C ]

us /blɪmp/

an aircraft without wings, consisting of a very large bag that is filled with gas and has a structure attached to the bottom in which people ride, which moves and turns under power provided by engines

(Definition of “blimp” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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