helicopter

A helicopter is a flying vehicle with a system of rotors that lift and propel it. In some cities, police officers patrol in helicopters. In some suburbs, wealthy people even commute by helicopter.

Like airplanes, helicopters travel through the air — but unlike airplanes, they don't have wings. Most helicopters have a large rotor blade on top that creates lift by spinning rapidly. Smaller rotors help the helicopter move and steer. Hospitals use helicopters for transporting patients in crisis, for whom an ambulance might not move fast enough. The word comes from Greek roots, helix, "spiral," and pteron, "wing."

Definitions of helicopter
1

n an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades

Synonyms:
chopper, eggbeater, whirlybird
Types:
show 4 types...
hide 4 types...
cargo helicopter
a helicopter that carries cargo
shuttle helicopter
a helicopter that shuttles back and forth
single-rotor helicopter
a helicopter having a single rotor
skyhook
helicopter carrying a reel of steel cable that can be used to lift and transport heavy objects
Type of:
heavier-than-air craft
a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.