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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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  • Thus the airship or dirigible--a lighter-than-air craft with propulsion and steering systems--was born.
  • The plan involves suspending caged birds underneath a dirigible type of airship and traveling the migration route.
  • The dirigible used the built-in microphones on the badges to home in on the loudest source of sound and fly toward it.
  • Hearings before a joint committee to investigate dirigible disasters.
  • The dirigible was a floating aircraft with an attached motor that made it steerable.
  • The dream of a navigable, or dirigible, balloon can be traced to the late eighteenth century.
British Dictionary definitions for dirigible

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 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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