Definitions for ornithopterˌɔr nəˈθɒp tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•ni•thop•terˌɔr nəˈθɒp tər(n.)

  1. a heavier-than-air craft designed to be propelled through the air by flapping wings.

Origin of ornithopter:

< F ornithoptère (1908) =ornitho-ornitho - +-ptère < Gk -pteros -pterous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. orthopter, ornithopter(noun)

    heavier-than-air craft that is propelled by the flapping of wings


  1. ornithopter(Noun)

    An aircraft that generates lift through the flapping of its wings.


  1. Ornithopter

    An ornithopter is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings. Designers seek to imitate the flapping-wing flight of birds, bats, and insects. Though machines may differ in form, they are usually built on the same scale as these flying creatures. Manned ornithopters have also been built, and some have been successful. The machines are of two general types: those with engines, and those powered by the muscles of the pilot.

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