Definition of dirigible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdirəjəb(ə)l/ Pronunciation: /dəˈrijəb(ə)l/


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


A dirigible airship, especially one with a rigid structure.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: dir·i·gi·ble

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