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[Latin dīrigere, to direct; see direct + -ible.]
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able to be steered or directed
(Aeronautics) another name for airship
[C16: from Latin dīrigere to direct]
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dir•i•gi•ble(ˈdɪr ɪ dʒə bəl, dɪˈrɪdʒ ə-)
2. able to be steered.
[1575–85; < Latin dīrig(ere) to direct]
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|Noun||1.||dirigible - 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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