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“blimp” in 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. 
  • 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. 

(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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