a self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft with means of controlling the direction of flight; dirigible.
Compare blimp.

1810–20, for an earlier sense; air1 + ship Unabridged


verb (used with object), air-shipped, air-shipping.
to send or ship via aircraft: to air-ship machine parts overseas.


air-shippable, adjective Unabridged
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airship (ˈɛəˌʃɪp)
dirigible, Also called: zeppelin a lighter-than-air self-propelled craft

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Example sentences
Such a airship could stand up to winds much better, a fatal flaw in airships.
Carl escapes the old folks home with a balloon-house airship.
One company insider testified that the initial demo of the airship was a fraud.
The idea of an airship with hydrogen is interesting, for cargo.
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