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helicopter

noun he·li·cop·ter \ ˈhe-lə-ˌkäp-tər , ˈhē- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of helicopter

: an aircraft whose lift is derived from the aerodynamic forces acting on one or more powered rotors turning about substantially vertical axes

Examples of helicopter in a Sentence

  1. took a helicopter tour to get a better sense of the grandeur of the Grand Canyon

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Origin and Etymology of helicopter

French hélicoptère, from Greek heliko- + pteron wing — more at feather


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helicopter

verb

Definition of helicopter

intransitive verb
: to travel by helicopter
transitive verb
: to transport by helicopter

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First Known Use of helicopter

1952


HELICOPTER Defined for English Language Learners

helicopter

noun

Definition of helicopter for English Language Learners

  • : an aircraft that can stay in the air without moving forward and that has metal blades that turn around on its top


HELICOPTER Defined for Kids

helicopter

noun he·li·cop·ter \ ˈhe-lə-ˌkäp-tər , ˈhē- \

Definition of helicopter for Students

: an aircraft supported in the air by horizontal propellers


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