Complete Definition of "blimp"

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Etymology
Origin not entirely certain, however most historians believe that it is onomatopoeia for the sound a blimp makes when thumped.
Although there is some disagreement among historians, credit for coining the term is usually given to Lt. A.D. Conningham of the British Royal Navy in 1915.

There is an often repeated, but false, alternative explanation for the term. The erroneous story is that at some time in the early 20th century, the United States military had two classes for airships: Type A-rigid and Type B-limp, hence âblimpâ. In fact,

:âthere was no American âA-classâ of airships as such—all military aircraft, heavier or lighter-than-air were designated with âAâ until the appearance of B-class airships in May 1917. There was an American B airship—but there seems to be no record of any official designation of non-rigids as âlimpâ. Further, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the first appearance of the word in print was in 1916, in England, a year before the first B-class airship.â (âEtymology of âBlimpââ by Dr. A. D. Topping, AAHS Journal, Winter 1963.)

Pronunciation
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɪmp|-ɪmp

Noun
en-noun

  1. An airship constructed with a non rigid lifting agent container.

Translations
Czech: neztužená vzducholoÄ
Dutch: blimp
French: blimp
German: t-|de|Prallluftschiff
Polish: sterowiec ciÅnieniowy
Swedish: blimp

Verb
en-verb

  1. to expand like a blimp or balloon; to become fat

#: After college, she started blimping and could no longer wear her favorite little black dress.

Quotations
2004, the Goodyear blimp over Giants Stadium — The New Yorker, 16 & 23 Feb 2004

See also
airship
balloon
barrage balloon
dirigible
zeppelin, Zeppelin

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