Helicopter definition

hĕlĭ-kŏptər
An aircraft that derives its lift from blades that rotate about an approximately vertical central axis.
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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.

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A powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
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A winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple.
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To transport by helicopter.
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(intransitive) To travel by helicopter.
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To go or transport by helicopter.
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A kind of vertical-lift aircraft, capable of hovering or moving in any direction, having a motor-driven, horizontal rotor.
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To travel or convey by helicopter.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
helicopter
Plural:
helicopters

Origin of helicopter

  • French hélicoptère Greek helix helik- spiral helix Greek pteron wing –pter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French hélicoptère, from Ancient Greek ἕλιξ (helix, “spiral”) + πτερόν (pteron, “wing”).

    From Wiktionary