American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An aircraft that derives its lift from blades that rotate about an approximately vertical central axis.
- v. To go or transport by helicopter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flying-machine in which revolving screws or revolving helicoidal surfaces are depended upon to sustain the machine in the air.
- n. 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.
- n. a powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
- n. a winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple
- v. transitive To transport by helicopter.
- v. intransitive To travel by helicopter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a heavier-than-air aircraft whose lift is provided by the aerodynamic forces on rotating blades rather than on fixed wings. Contrasted with
- v. to travel in a helicopter.
- v. to transport in a helicopter.
- n. an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades
- From French hélicoptère, from Ancient Greek ἕλιξ (helix, "spiral") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing"). (Wiktionary)
- French hélicoptère : Greek helix, helik-, spiral; see helix + Greek pteron, wing; see -pter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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