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helicopter

Line breaks: heli|cop¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlɪkɒptə
 
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Definition of helicopter in English:

noun

A type of aircraft which derives both lift and propulsion from one or more sets of horizontally revolving overhead rotors. It is capable of moving vertically and horizontally, the direction of motion being controlled by the pitch of the rotor blades.
Example sentences
  • One of the helicopter's rotor blades had smashed into the crag, showering the rescuers with fragments of rock.
  • Stuart was said to be on the flight deck when he was hit by debris from the rotor blades of the helicopter.
  • The couple led police to the graves last week, directing operations as a helicopter flew overhead.

verb

[with object and adverbial of direction] Back to top  
1Transport by helicopter: he was helicoptered out with a bleeding ulcer
More example sentences
  • Presumably, they would also prohibit helicoptering participants and visitors into racing venues and other sporting events.
  • The pilot was helicoptered out to the hospital.
  • He was just helicoptered across London to the south bank of the Thames.
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Fly somewhere in a helicopter: they were helicoptering daily between Bath and London
More example sentences
  • The day began with a committee lunch at the Woodlands Hotel, to which the two stars, along with their management team, helicoptered in.
  • David helicoptered back to London, while the rest of the team headed off for a barbecue, organised by Christian Horner.
  • And in just a short while, the president will be helicoptering to that carrier.

Origin

late 19th century: from French hélicoptère, from Greek helix 'spiral' + pteron 'wing'.

More
  • The first helicopter did not appear until the 1920s, but the word had already been invented by then, first of all in French—the science fiction writer Jules Verne wrote of a helicopter in The Clipper of the Clouds ( 1886). The French word was based on Greek helix ‘spiral’ and pteron ‘wing’, which gave us the name of the flying reptile the pterodactyl (early 19th century).

Words that rhyme with helicopter

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