helicopter, chopper, whirlybird, eggbeater(noun)
an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades
a heavier-than-air aircraft whose lift is provided by the aerodynamic forces on rotating blades rather than on fixed wings. Contrasted with fixed-wing aircraft.
to travel in a helicopter.
to transport in a helicopter.
An aircraft that is borne along by one or more sets of long rotating blades which allow it to hover, move in any direction including reverse, or land; and having a smaller set of blades on its tail that stabilize the aircraft.
We flew over the city in a helicopter.
a powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
a winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple
To transport by helicopter.
To travel by helicopter.
Origin: From hélicoptère, from ἕλιξ + πτερόν.
A helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. This allows the helicopter to take off and land vertically, to hover, and to fly forwards, backwards, and laterally. These attributes allow helicopters to be used in congested or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircraft would usually not be able to take off or land. The capability to hover efficiently for extended periods of time allows a helicopter to accomplish tasks that fixed-wing aircraft and other forms of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft cannot perform. The word helicopter is adapted from the French hélicoptère, coined by Gustave de Ponton d'Amecourt in 1861, which originates from the Greek helix/helik- = "twisted, curved" and pteron = "wing". Nicknames used for helicopters include chopper, helo or whirlybird. Helicopters were developed and built during the first half-century of flight, with the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 being the first operational helicopter in 1936. Some helicopters reached limited production, but it was not until 1942 that a helicopter designed by Igor Sikorsky reached full-scale production, with 131 aircraft built. Though most earlier designs used more than one main rotor, it is the single main rotor with anti-torque tail rotor configuration that has become the most common helicopter configuration. Tandem rotor helicopters are also in widespread use, due to their better payload capacity. Quadrotor helicopters and other types of multicopter have been developed for specialized applications.
A type of aircraft and product created and designed in various colors, components, controls, engine, materials, mechanisms, rotors, shapes, sizes, styles, systems and technology, used, operated and maintained according to the manufacturer aircraft design and instructions.
Helicopters vary in design, technology and style of rotors.
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Rank popularity for the word 'helicopter' in Nouns Frequency: #2241
The numerical value of helicopter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of helicopter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Currently we are waiting for the helicopter to save us.
We suspect that helicopter money was the topic to be discussed.
By 2025, China will become the most important helicopter market in the world.
Young leading cadres have risen up by helicopter. They should really rise step by step.
We were told that Martin had left on the last helicopter and that the evacuation had ended.
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Translations for helicopter
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- حوامة, طائرة عامودية, هليكوبترArabic
- хеликоптер, въртолетBulgarian
- helicòpterCatalan, Valencian
- vrtulník, helikoptéraCzech
- Hubschrauber, HelikopterGerman
- autogiro, helicópteroSpanish
- هلیکوپتر, بالگردPersian
- helikopteri, matkustaa, kuljettaaFinnish
- hélicoptère, héliporterFrench
- héileacaptar, ingearánIrish
- kofti, þyrilvængja, þyrlaIcelandic
- elicottero, elitrasportareItalian
- ヘリコプター, ヘリJapanese
- 헬리콥터, 헬기Korean
- ເຮລິຄອບແຕ, ເອລີກົບເທີLao
- sraigtasparnis, helikopterisLithuanian
- нисдэг тэрэгMongolian
- helikopterNorwegian Nynorsk
- bikááʼ náʼoobałíNavajo, Navaho
- helikopter, śmigłowiecPolish
- геликоптер, вертолётRussian
- helekopterNorthern Sami
- helikopter, хеликоптерSerbo-Croatian
- helikopotareSouthern Sotho
- вертоліт, гелікоптерUkrainian
- بالگرد, ہیلی کاپٹرUrdu
- máy bay lên thẳng, máy bay trực thăng, trực thăngVietnamese
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