Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An aircraft that derives its lift from blades that rotate about an approximately vertical central axis.
  • intransitive & transitive verb To go or transport by helicopter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flying-machine in which revolving screws or revolving helicoidal surfaces are depended upon to sustain the machine in the air.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a heavier-than-air aircraft whose lift is provided by the aerodynamic forces on rotating blades rather than on fixed wings. Contrasted with fixed-wing aircraft.
  • intransitive verb to travel in a helicopter.
  • transitive verb to transport in a helicopter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun a powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
  • noun a winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple
  • verb transitive To transport by helicopter.
  • verb intransitive To travel by helicopter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French hélicoptère : Greek helix, helik-, spiral; see helix + Greek pteron, wing; see –pter.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French hélicoptère, from Ancient Greek ἕλιξ (helix, "spiral") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing").

Examples

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  • Rappelling down from a helicopter is a hostile action.

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  • However the helicopter is at present a "fair weather bird" and cannot operate in conditions of poor visibility and severe turbulence.

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  • Of all the things Erik Lindbergh remembers about his famous grandfather, one that sticks with him best is their debate over how to pronounce the word "helicopter."

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  • His new Everest is a little outside of his Olympic skill set: to get a pilot's license that will allow him to experience what he calls helicopter skiing.

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Comments

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  • "A flying-machine in which revolving screws or revolving helicoidal surfaces are depended upon to sustain the machine in the air."

    --Cent. Dict.

    September 24, 2012

  • I will never fly in one again.

    September 27, 2012

  • informal and slang are not synonyms for helicopter.

    November 15, 2017

  • kellyegan, you can use feedback@wordnik.com

    November 16, 2017