blimpnoun [ C ]uk /blɪmp/ us /blɪmp/ mainly US UK usually airship
Examples from literature
- 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.
- If the "Zeppelin" be excepted, the blimp is the most highly-developed and scientific heavier-than-air flying machine ever devised.
- In effect, the blimp is a combination of balloon and aeroplane.
- In order to hold whatever position in the air may be desired, the blimp is equipped with two horizontal fins and three vertical fins.
- It was believed to be an American blimp, though the darkness—it was eleven at night—prevented observers from being sure.
- The blimp's "car" carries an electric storage battery to furnish lights.