Pronunciation: (zep'u-lin),[key] —n. 1. (often cap.) a large dirigible balloon consisting of a long, cylindrical, covered framework containing compartments or cells filled with gas, and of various structures for holding the engines, passengers, etc.
2. any rigid airship or dirigible.
Pronunciation: (tsep"u-lēn', tsep'u-lēn"; Eng. zep'u-lin),[key] —n. Count Fer•di•nand von Pronunciation: (fer'di-nänt" fun),[key] 1838–1917, German general and aeronaut: designer and manufacturer of the zeppelin.