cop·​ter | \ ˈkäp-tər How to pronounce copter (audio) \

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Examples of copter in a Sentence

copters from the local TV stations made the obligatory reports on the bumper-to-bumper traffic at the start of the holiday weekend

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Authorities began searching for the copter after police received a report from Florida that Cline’s helicopter failed to arrive in Fort Lauderdale as expected on Thursday, Bahamas Police Supt. Washington Post, "W.Va. coal billionaire Cline killed in helicopter crash," 6 July 2019 Excellent work by San Jose Firefighters and CalFire copter 106. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Crews extinguish vegetation and structure fires in San Jose," 4 July 2019 With a minimum of four minutes to relay a radio signal between the two planets, the copter has to be basically autonomous — able to fly flawlessly, by itself, over terrain no human has ever encountered. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 Titan’s dense air and low gravity will allow the 300-kilogram copter, which will be powered by a radioactive generator, to hover with 38 times less power than needed on Earth. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA will fly a billion-dollar quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s methane-rich moon," 27 June 2019 The most recent was just last month, when a copter crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. Jim Mustian, Twin Cities, "Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper; pilot killed," 10 June 2019 Eventually the rescue copter’s forward motion slowed the spinning enough to bring the woman into the cabin., "Watch: Helicopter rescue goes awry as 74-year-old hiker spins out of control underneath," 6 June 2019 But the rescue did not go exactly as planned, and her basket stretcher spun wildly out of control while being lifted up to the copter. Ashley Boucher,, "Dramatic Video Shows Moment Helicopter Rescue Mission Turned Into Scary Out-of-Control Ride for Hiker," 5 June 2019 The first copter ride was after a downhill training crash before the 2006 Turin Games. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Cold feat: Vonn’s legacy not solely defined by wins, crashes," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of copter

1943, in the meaning defined above

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