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helicopter

[ hel-i-kop-ter, hee-li- ]
/ ˈhɛl ɪˌkɒp tər, ˈhi lɪ- /
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noun
any of a class of heavier-than-air craft that are lifted and sustained in the air horizontally by rotating wings or blades turning on vertical axes through power supplied by an engine.
verb (used without object)
to fly in a helicopter.
verb (used with object)
to convey in a helicopter.
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Origin of helicopter

From the French word hélicoptère, dating back to 1885–90. See helico-, -pter
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British Dictionary definitions for helicopter

helicopter
/ (ˈhɛlɪˌkɒptə) /

noun
an aircraft capable of hover, vertical flight, and horizontal flight in any direction. Most get all of their lift and propulsion from the rotation of overhead bladesSee also autogiro
verb
to transport (people or things) or (of people or things) to be transported by helicopter

Word Origin for helicopter

C19: from French hélicoptère, from helico- + Greek pteron wing
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