Origin of dirigibleMedieval Latin dirigibilis: see direct and -ible
Origin of dirigibleLatin dīrigere to direct ; see direct . -ible
(comparative more dirigible, superlative most dirigible)
From French dirigeable, from ballon dirigeable (“steerable balloon”).
- He took off from Saint-Cloud and flew by the steel tower in his dirigible.
- Santos Dumont, after a number of successful experiments with dirigible cigarshaped gas balloons, completed an aeroplane flying machine.
- Largely in consequence of this progress, and partly no doubt owing to the stimulus given by the activity of builders of dirigible balloons, the construction of motor-driven aeroplanes began to attract a number of workers, especially in France.