Definitions for skyhookˈskaɪˌhʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sky•hookˈskaɪˌhʊk(n.)

  1. a fanciful hook imagined to be suspended in the air.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. any of various lifting devices, as one hung from a helicopter, for hoisting heavy loads over a distance.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of skyhook:

1910–15

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skyhook(noun)

    helicopter carrying a reel of steel cable that can be used to lift and transport heavy objects

  2. skyhook(noun)

    a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky

Wiktionary

  1. skyhook(Noun)

    An imaginary hook suspended in the air.

  2. skyhook(Noun)

    A helicopter that lifts and transports heavy objects suspended by a heavy cable.

Freebase

  1. Skyhook

    Skyhooks are a theoretical class of tether propulsion intended to lift payloads to high altitudes and speeds. The name skyhook is a reference to an imaginary hook that hangs from the sky. Plausible near-term proposals for skyhooks include designs that employ tethers spinning at hypersonic speeds for catching payloads from very high speed, high altitude aircraft and placing them in orbit. Another concept is orbital rings with geostationary 'spokes'.

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