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zep·pe·linalso Zep·pe·lin (zĕp′ə-lĭn)
A rigid airship having a long cylindrical body supported by internal gas cells.
[After Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.]
(Aeronautics) (sometimes capital) a large cylindrical rigid airship built from 1900 to carry passengers, and used in World War I for bombing and reconnaissance
[C20: named after Count von Zeppelin]
(Biography) Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838–1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)
zep•pe•lin(ˈzɛp ə lɪn)
(often cap.) a large, rigid airship consisting of a long cylindrical covered framework, suspended from which is a compartment holding the engines, passengers, etc.
[1900; after Count von Zeppelin]
Zep•pe•lin(ˈzɛp ə lɪn)
Count Ferdinand von, 1838–1917, German general and manufacturer of the zeppelin.