- a self-propelled, lighter-than-air aircraft with means of controlling the direction of flight; dirigible.
verb (used with object), air-shipped, air-ship·ping.
- to send or ship via aircraft: to air-ship machine parts overseas.
- a lighter-than-air self-propelled craftAlso called: dirigible, zeppelin
also air-ship, 1888, translating German Luftschiff “motor-driver dirigible;” see air (n.1) + ship (n.).