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 (dĭr′ə-jə-bəl, də-rĭj′ə-bəl)

[Latin dīrigere, to direct; see direct + -ible.]


able to be steered or directed
(Aeronautics) another name for airship
[C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct]
ˌdirigiˈbility n


(ˈdɪr ɪ dʒə bəl, dɪˈrɪdʒ ə-)

n. adj.
2. able to be steered.
[1575–85; < Latin dīrig(ere) to direct]
dir`i•gi•bil′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dirigible - a steerable self-propelled aircraftdirigible - a steerable self-propelled aircraft
barrage balloon - an elongated tethered balloon or blimp with cables or net suspended from it to deter enemy planes that are flying low
sausage balloon, blimp, sausage - a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon
car, gondola - the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
lighter-than-air craft - aircraft supported by its own buoyancy
Adj.1.dirigible - capable of being steered or directed
manageable - capable of being managed or controlled
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A. ADJdirigible
B. Ndirigible m


n(lenkbares) Luftschiff
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Yes," says Captain Hodgson, answering my thought, "Castelli thought he'd discovered the secret of controlling aeroplanes when he'd only found out how to steer dirigible balloons.
My dear fellow, the science of the aerostation of dirigible balloons is not yet developed enough for me to consider it and suppose that a murderer would drop from the clouds
In the following years, he launched numerous flights in dirigibles of various sizes, all the time dreaming of building and flying a motorized craft.
Louttit said they have also been discussing the possibility of transporting fuel to remote communities using dirigibles.
After moving to France as a young man, he assembled an entire series of revolutionary dirigibles powered by gasoline engines.
This is not the first time the Navy has employed dirigibles for scouting missions.
plans for investing in dirigibles for future military use.
Raleigh, NC, has said it will choose a site in eastern North Carolina to locate an airbase for its cargo-carrying dirigibles.
If they every stand up, we will have to throw dirigibles.
When genetics experiments go wrong, insects find a way around the 1/4-power laws of nature, grow as big as dirigibles, and run amok.
Dirigibles lost out to airplanes partly because of political agendas imposed upon them.
His interest in dirigibles peaked, in 1901, with airship No.