All Words > Dirigible

illustration Dirigible



Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 16th century




Capable of being controlled or directed

Examples of Dirigible in a sentence

"Sure, your new aircraft invention is fast, but it's not dirigible; you can't steer it in the direction you want to travel."

"Shauna piloted the dirigible blimp away from the building's spire, narrowly avoiding disaster."

Popularity Over Time

Popularity over time graph
illustration Dirigible

About Dirigible

A dirigible mode of transportation is one that can be steered and controlled, such as a blimp. The earliest blimp designs date back as far as 1784, but the first actual flight of a blimp-like aircraft is thought to have happened in 1852. That's more than half a century before the Wright Brothers' famous first flight.

Did you Know?

As a noun, a dirigible is a type of airship that is steerable or capable of being controlled. That definition sounds pretty familiar to us...

Recent Words

What's the word?