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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Zeppelin \Zep`pe*lin"\ (ts[e^]p`p[~e]*l[=e]"; Angl. z[e^]p"p[-e]*l[i^]n), n. A dirigible balloon of the rigid type, consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells, and provided with means of propulsion and control. It was first successfully used by Ferdinand Count von Zeppelin. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]