nounchiefly • historical
- A machine designed to achieve flight by means of flapping wings.More example sentences
- In collaboration with SRI International in Menlo Park, California, they are developing ornithopters - aircraft that get all of their thrust and most of their lift from flapping wings.
- He said that although the Canadian ornithopter was powered by an engine it was still very close to what Da Vinci had intended.
- He developed prototypes for mass-produceable goods, and worked on the quixotic Letatlin, a design for an ornithopter.
early 20th century: coined in French as ornithoptère.
More definitions of ornithopterDefinition of ornithopter in:
- The US English dictionary