• WordNet 3.6
    • n airship a steerable self-propelled aircraft
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n airship A buoyant balloon provided with a motor, propellers, and rudders, so that it can navigate the air under the control of an aëronaut; a dirigible balloon. Such balloons are made in various elongated, more or less cigar-shaped, forms and have successfully traversed long distances under good control. The first notably successful experiments with the dirigible balloon were made by Renard, in France, 1884–85; he attained a velocity of 14 miles an hour and was able (as a rule) to return to his starting-point. In 1900 Count Zeppelin made short voyages over Lake Constance in a dirigible of his own design, which has been remodeled and improved until in 1909 it made voyages of several hundred miles. Other successful experimenters have been Santos-Dumont, whose air-ships (successive models) accomplished notable results in 1900 and 1901, Lebaudy in France, Gross and Parseval in Germany, and Thomas S. Baldwin in the United States.
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In literature:

If we do, we should be acting like any one who insisted upon calling an airship a horse-cart.
"Is civilization a disease?" by Stanton Coit
In a year or two more it will be airships or soaring machines.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
Dull-sounding but earth-shaking booms came from different points as the airship dropped her deadly cargo.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
What was that about the airship again?
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Had the murdered man really bumped into an invisible airship, or had he only thought he had?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
A swarm of airships came into view, swirling in savage fight.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
It is impossible for a balloon, or airship to "tack" or manoeuvre in any way by sail power.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
The guns had disappeared, but in their place stood an airship.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
They live in the tree-fern forests and scream curses at the airships which fly overhead.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
Travers Gladwin felt it was time for Barnes to take a hand again, as his mental airship was bucking badly in the invisible air currents.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie

In news:

The recipient of the FREE DVR will be the First Place winner of Airship 's Summer Giveaway contest, which is open to all "Systems Integrators and IT mavericks".
The crash brought an end to the era of giant rigid airships , opening the way for smaller, safer non-rigid blimps.
It will be at least a couple of years before such airships float over battlefields.
Blue Devil 2 airship expected to be canceled.
Such was the case of British novelist Nevil Shute, born in the 1800s and serving the causes of aviation, the Allies, Australia, and innovation in airships.
They're full of fantastic inventions, including the first known helicopter airships in science fiction—predating Jules Verne's Captain Robur.
The Goodyear blimp and its brethren are as much a part of our transportation history as any automobile thanks to flying about in a way that harkens back to when the word airship was a part of lexicon.
The blimp is not a dirigible – that is the airship retains its shape through pneumatic means, like a tire.
And the airship could provide surveillance, or be used to ferry supplies for disaster relief.
"The beauty of an airship is you don't need big runways and airports," Wrenn says.
NASA, Alaska officials believe airships could be boon for state.
Such was the case of British novelist Nevil Shute , born in the 1800s and serving the causes of aviation, the Allies, Australia, and innovation in airships.
In 1899, Charles Dellschau, a grouchy retired butcher, began to paint amazing airships.
The military is looking into airships for research, surveillance, intelligence,… (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer ).
He has notebooks filled with drawings of airships that recall his boyhood fantasies of 50 years ago.