a kind of vertical-lift aircraft, capable of hovering or moving in any direction, having a motor-driven, horizontal rotor
Origin of helicopterFrench hélicoptère: see helico- and amp; ptero-
to travel or convey by helicopter
An aircraft that derives its lift from blades that rotate about an approximately vertical central axis.
intr. & tr.v.hel·i·cop·tered, hel·i·cop·ter·ing, hel·i·cop·ters
To go or transport by helicopter.
Origin of helicopterFrench hélicoptère : Greek helix, helik-, spiral; see helix + Greek pteron, wing; see –pter.
- An aircraft that is borne along by one or more sets of long rotating blades which allow it to hover, move in any direction including reverse, or land; and having a smaller set of blades on its tail that stabilize the aircraft.
- We flew over the city in a helicopter.
- a powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
- a winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple
(third-person singular simple present helicopters, present participle helicoptering, simple past and past participle helicoptered)