streamlined: having a smooth, aerodynamically
efficient shape offering minimal wind resistance; a classic example is the
elongated tear drop shape.
zeppelin: The often generic term for any rigid
airship, derived from the name of its inventor and promoter, Ferdinand Graf von
Zeppelin (1838-1917). The first airship of this type flew 2 July 1900 near
Friedrichshafen, Germany. After many trials and tribulations, Zeppelin was able
to form a company, Luftschiffbau-Zeppelin, to manufacture this type of airship.
The word is properly capitalized when referring to airships produced by the
Zeppelin Company, but may be used lower-case to describe generically any
similar, cigar-shaped rigid airship. More information about Zeppelin and zeppelins may be found here.
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