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dirigible

[dir-i-juh-buh l, dih-rij-uh-] /ˈdɪr ɪ dʒə bəl, dɪˈrɪdʒ ə-/
noun
1.
an airship.
adjective
2.
designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; 1905-10 for noun; < Latin dīrig(ere) to direct + -ible
Related forms
dirigibility, noun
nondirigibility, noun
nondirigible, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dirigibility

dirigible

/dɪˈrɪdʒɪbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be steered or directed
noun
2.
another name for airship
Derived Forms
dirigibility, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct
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Word Origin and History for dirigibility

dirigible

n.

"airship," 1885, from French dirigeable, literally "capable of being directed or guided," from Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). The word existed as an adjective in English from 1580s, with the literal sense.

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