verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for helicopter
Employees strap a device to their heads and power a helicopter drone with their minds.
Du Pont would even fly his wrestlers to tournaments in his Learjet or helicopter.
After our helicopter crashed in the courtyard, Jimbo and I rushed inside the house.
Ten days later, it will start air missions using two airplanes and one helicopter.
At about 11 p.m. State Police started flying a helicopter over the scene, ordering the crowds to disperse.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival|Melanie Plenda|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, with a helicopter, it is not necessary to face the direction you intend to go.The Four-Faced Visitors of Ezekiel|Arthur W. Orton
He took two steps on the swaying, swinging rope as the helicopter started to climb and suddenly he felt himself losing strength.The Secret of the Ninth Planet|Donald Allen Wollheim
The helicopter was circling now over the men riding into a cut between two rises.
One of the vanes of the helicopter crumpled and fluttered away into the night.
But the helicopter must be taken before they advanced toward the ship and the settlement.
British Dictionary definitions for helicopter
Word Origin for helicopter
Word Origin and History for helicopter
1861, from French hélicoptère "device for enabling airplanes to rise perpendicularly," thus "flying machine propelled by screws." The idea was to gain lift from spiral aerofoils, and it didn't work. Used by Jules Verne and the Wright Brothers, the word transferred to helicopters in the modern sense when those were developed in the 1920s. From Greek helix (genitive helikos) "spiral" (see helix) + pteron "wing" (see pterodactyl). Nativized in Flemish as wentelwiek "with rotary vanes."