American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A machine shaped like an aircraft that is held aloft and propelled by wing movements.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flying-machine in which an attempt is made to imitate the oscillatory movement of the wings of a bird.
- n. heavier-than-air craft that is propelled by the flapping of wings
- From ornitho- + -pter. (Wiktionary)
“An ornithopter is an aircraft that gets its forward propulsion from the flapping of wings (the ORNITH – in ornithopter comes from the ltain for “bird” – putting “ornith” on a prefix makes it “bird-like”) an ornithopter is a heavier-than-air aircraft that is propelled by the flapping of wings.”
“ The ornithopter was the original one they had rebuilt years ago.”
“The ornithopter was the original one they had rebuilt years ago.”
“-- The term orthopter, or ornithopter, meaning bird wing, is applied to such flying machines as depend on wing motion to support them in the air.”
“The thing descending from the sky was unmistakably an ornate ornithopter, wrought in the shape of a gigantic condor, enameled in blue, scarlet, and green.”
“In the foreground is a butterfly ornithopter, an elf alien, a BoarCroc, and a satyr.”
“Today on BoingBoing Gadgets, we reviewed a 3G USB modem that works great on Macs and high-end canine gear; listened to The Harmonium; drank a strictly-conforming European pint; watched Belkin try to bring novelty to the world of mouse pads; built an ornithopter and a difference engine; guzzled yoghurt with a specially-shaped spoon; and listened to a beautiful boombox in a double-bass fiddle.”
“As I sit here in my ornithopter, debating whether to visit the excellent library of microfiche on Mars or to bathe in the pools of Venus, a few names come to mind ...”
“I love the change from sand dunes and worms to market place and ornithopter!”
“That meant an hour more standing around and sipping coffee, and it was a much more primitive ornithopter.”
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