any self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft that can be steered; dirigible
A self-propelled lighter-than-air craft with directional control surfaces. Also called dirigible .
- A lighter-than-air aircraft that can be propelled forward through the air as well as steered.
- Airships are posited to be cheaper to operate over time than fixed-wing aircraft, but as there are no large fleets, this is hard to prove in practice.
- (informal) Any aircraft.
- On weekends, I liked to spend my time at the airport watching the various airships take off and land.