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
   [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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