Definitions

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

  • noun A helicopter.

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  • noun slang A helicopter.

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

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Examples

  • Lisa Provence at The Hook put a little elbow grease into the matter, and discovered that the whirlybird is property of the Virginia National Guard, and was dispatched to look for marijuana as a part of “Operation Green Harvest” (which is, oddly, a famous Hawaiian cannabis-eradication program).

    Twin Oaks Buzzed by Military Copter at cvillenews.com

  • Lisa Provence at The Hook put a little elbow grease into the matter, and discovered that the whirlybird is property of the Virginia National Guard, and was dispatched to look for marijuana as a part of “Operation Green Harvest” (which is, oddly, a famous Hawaiian cannabis-eradication program).

    2004 September archive at cvillenews.com

  • I had concluded that the drainage system was full of mineral deposits that I had scraped off the walls and "whirlybird" that's the official term, from the repairman instructions that came with it! inside the dishwasher.

    Learning to Fix a Dishwasher, take 2

  • I had concluded that the drainage system was full of mineral deposits that I had scraped off the walls and "whirlybird" that's the official term, from the repairman instructions that came with it! inside the dishwasher.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Prosecutors allege Poole finally told the truth - that she became dizzy and lost her grip on the girl's ankles during a spinning game she called "whirlybird" and Allison fell off a balcony to the first floor.

    The End of the Story

  • The turbine ventilator (also known as "whirlybird") is one of the many types of roof vents available, preferred by some because it uses a wind-propelled fan instead of an electric fan to draw heat and moisture out of the attic space.

    Shaister Miester Do Da

  • He hit the outfield fence on the third pitch, though not with the ball but rather the bat, flinging it like a whirlybird to the warning track.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • He hit the outfield fence on the third pitch, though not with the ball but rather the bat, flinging it like a whirlybird to the warning track.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • This whimsical whirlybird even dedicated the No Doubt-like "Submarine Symphonika" from 2008's Honeysuckle Weeks to "the girl in the bathroom who told me it's her favorite."

    Michael Bialas: The Submarines Hit Their Target Audience by Sending Love Notes

  • The illusion that Murali throws the ball comes from two things: his elbow, which is bent all the time thanks to a congenital defect, and his incredible whirlybird rubber wrists, which describe an arc of more than 180 degrees when releasing the ball.

    Murali the Magnificent

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