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airship

[air-ship] /ˈɛərˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft with means of controlling the direction of flight; dirigible.
Compare blimp.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, for an earlier sense; air1 + ship

air-ship

[air-ship] /ˈɛərˌʃɪp/
verb (used with object), air-shipped, air-shipping.
1.
to send or ship via aircraft:
to air-ship machine parts overseas.
Origin
1950-1955
Related forms
air-shippable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for airship

airship

/ˈɛəˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a lighter-than-air self-propelled craft Also called dirigible, zeppelin
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Word Origin and History for airship
n.

also air-ship, 1888, translating German Luftschiff "motor-driver dirigible;" see air (n.1) + ship (n.).

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