Definition of dirigible in English:


Syllabification: dir·i·gi·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈdirijəbəl, dəˈrijə-


  • Capable of being steered, guided, or directed: a dirigible spotlight


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  • A dirigible airship, especially one with a rigid structure.
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    • Within the bureau and the fleet, Moffett concentrated on the development of patrol and scouting seaplanes and dirigibles, airplane technology and logistics, aircraft carriers, and naval air stations.
    • Later, Lewis guns loaded with incendiary bullets and mounted on the famous Sopwith Camel biplanes, helped bring down hydrogen-filled German Zeppelin dirigibles that had been terrorizing English cities.
    • I'd always been fascinated by those giant silver dirigibles, having seen the Graf Zeppelin cruising over Los Angeles and once getting a ride in the little old Goodyear ‘Volunteer’ blimp NCBA in 1936.


late 16th century: from Latin dirigere 'to direct' + -ible.

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