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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a rescue helicopter/boat/ship
▪ A rescue helicopter is on its way.
helicopter pad
helicopter parents
launch/landing/helicopter pad
▪ The hospital has built a helicopter pad.
▪ As many as 44 military planes and helicopters had been badly damaged, he acknowledged.
▪ A military helicopter was dispatched and the man was rescued based on the general description provided.
▪ The Chairman gave orders for the military helicopter to fly the scientist back to Baghdad.
▪ Although the city could get the surplus military helicopters for free, it must pay to maintain and operate them.
▪ Old-fashioned sandbags were laid in their tens of thousands, mostly by military helicopters, and effectively protected many homes.
▪ McGuire pleaded guilty to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act, conspiring to destroy military helicopters and aiding foreign insurgence.
▪ On very early model helicopters this was probably the only method which stood a any chance of success, but only just!
▪ The model helicopter pilot is not alone in suffering from this problem.
▪ Now it's up to you Only a few years ago it was a considerable achievement to fly a model helicopter at all.
▪ A model helicopter behaves in exactly the same way.
▪ Meanwhile, powerful United States Army helicopters continued dropping massive concrete blocks to hinder the lava flow.
▪ Each night as they lay in bed, they could hear army helicopters hovering over the parish.
▪ What do I tell him the next time he asks about the army helicopters heading for the clouds?
▪ In that post he achieved a military first, using an aircraft carrier to transport Army helicopters and Special Forces troops.
▪ Most Army helicopters now operate with a crew of two, and the Gazelles of 658 Squadron are no exception.
▪ Pickett, an Army helicopter pilot, was shot down by the rebels in 1991, then executed.
▪ Intruder jets from the aircraft carrier Ranger, and Cobra attack helicopters scoured the area for armed men.
▪ And he, too, would later die in a helicopter crash on his way to a race in Talladega.
▪ The gourmet weekend, including helicopter flight from Penzance and three-night break, costs £320.
▪ Both planes and helicopter gunships had been used.
▪ Our forward observer and company commander came up and called in some helicopter gunships.
▪ Our helicopter gunships flew 118 missions and returned safely to base.
▪ As soldiers jumped out of the lorries, firing all around, helicopter gunships appeared overhead.
▪ It is indisputable, however, that the warplanes and helicopter gunships occasionally make mistakes.
▪ Countless unarmed civilians fleeing to the borders were killed by helicopter gunships.
▪ As helicopter gunships buzzed overhead and tanks shelled two blocks of flats nearby, bulldozers set about destroying a swath of homes.
▪ His car was mud-splattered, parked amongst the jeeps and armoured personnel carriers, a hundred yards from the helicopter pad.
▪ He walked past the helicopter pad and along a sandy road that led toward the church spires.
▪ The model helicopter pilot is not alone in suffering from this problem.
▪ This explains why most of today's top helicopter pilots are connected with the model trade in some way!
▪ Walter Kovaleff, a helicopter pilot, said the hourly cost could run as high as $ 190.
▪ The helicopter pilots reported in by radio.
▪ The department has three helicopter pilots and two mechanics already on the force, said Kovaleff.
▪ A helicopter pilot has to fly to a point 200 kilometres due East.
▪ Life was getting very serious for helicopter pilots.
▪ Isabel Lenihan, who's 77, was found by a police helicopter.
▪ Next, a police helicopter flies over the crowd.
▪ As more than 300 people took to the streets, a police helicopter and eight vans carrying riot police were brought in.
▪ The maneuvers came after days of ominous-looking deployments around the residence by police helicopters, armored personnel carriers and commandos.
▪ A police helicopter was scrambled and armed units joined a search for the gunmen.
▪ A police helicopter was used in the search for the two men who were both white and wearing overalls.
▪ A police helicopter was called in to floodlight the area outside Kelvedon railway station where the 14-year-old girl was trapped.
▪ Highlight of the day was a 20 minute flight in one of the rescue helicopters.
▪ He was struck there for four hours with Park Service rescue helicopters buzzing around, throwing him ropes.
▪ A rescue helicopter was scrambled after his empty dinghy was spotted floating out to sea.
▪ The rescue helicopter strewed thousands of blossoms on the waters of the Bay.
▪ Maybe she would relish a return and revel in her celebrity as the girl who got the helicopter ride.
▪ The tours will feature helicopter rides, horseback treks and river rafting.
▪ First prize was a helicopter ride won by Mrs Isobelle Flood.
▪ An optional helicopter ride down the canyon can be arranged for you by your escort.
▪ As soldiers jumped out of the lorries, firing all around, helicopter gunships appeared overhead.
▪ There have been several incidents of so-called ARVNs turning around and firing into the helicopter that just dropped them off.
▪ We fired prep fire before helicopters would bring troops in the landing zone.
▪ James Carney may have been hurled from a flying helicopter.
▪ She was flown to hospital by helicopter in a coma but died of multiple skull fractures.
▪ You either patrolled an area close by or you were flown by helicopter to the more remote places.
▪ At roundup time, Mercer teams with his oldest son, Gary, who flies a helicopter.
▪ She was flown by helicopter to hospital in Orlando.
▪ Maybe I ought to fly my helicopter up there and find out.
▪ The helicopters hovered overhead in formation.
▪ I saw the helicopter hover in the air, and then it crashed into our guest house.
▪ A giant helicopter was hovering overhead, its spotlight trained on the field below.
▪ Each night as they lay in bed, they could hear army helicopters hovering over the parish.
▪ With the helicopter hovering overhead, he drove for the peak of the leading wave, but then backed off.
▪ Small patrol helicopters hovered over the treetops beyond the barbed wire.
▪ He has been pictured in a Tarzan suit with a helicopter hovering over his head.
▪ Police helicopters hovered and riot police were posted around the square and nearby side streets.
▪ Countless unarmed civilians fleeing to the borders were killed by helicopter gunships.
▪ During floods, the Sisters collect food, while the Government provides helicopters to deliver it.
▪ Tape of the scene shot by news helicopters show a distraught woman, driving a Jaguar, wearing a fur coat.
▪ For example, new antitank missiles, particularly when used from helicopters, are making main battle tanks obsolete.
▪ Officers used their helicopters when there was a contact, so when we went up, there was almost certainly action.
▪ They used helicopters, airplanes and mortars.
▪ About 240 firefighters using helicopters, planes and ground equipment were fighting the blaze.
▪ Mr. Dorrell Several ambulance services now use helicopters.
▪ The marines' concept of using helicopters was not the same as ours.
▪ They used a helicopter to make their survey of the volcano itself.
▪ They had used helicopters to lift the ARVNs to battles they almost always lost.
▪ And, those helicopters have many residents worried.
▪ As they came back, Robert's helicopter came into view.
▪ But the front of the vehicle caught the undercarriage and sent the helicopter shuddering sideways.
▪ Commanders naturally depended greatly on their helicopters.
▪ On the glistening horizon two black dots appeared, separated, and became helicopters roaring low overhead and scattering the distracted fowl.
▪ The shock of the explosion rocked the helicopter.
▪ Two helicopters and several Coast Guard boats searched until midnight without finding anything.
▪ With the helicopter hovering overhead, he drove for the peak of the leading wave, but then backed off.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Helicopter \Hel"i*cop`ter\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. "e`lix, "e`likos, a spiral + ptero`n a wing.] 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.


Helicopter \Hel"i*cop`ter\, v. i. to travel in a helicopter.


Helicopter \Hel"i*cop`ter\, v. t. to transport in a helicopter.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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."


n. 1 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. 2 a powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete. 3 a winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple vb. 1 (context transitive English) To transport by helicopter. 2 (context intransitive English) To travel by helicopter. 3 To rotate like a helicopter blade.


n. an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades [syn: chopper, whirlybird, eggbeater]

Helicopter (disambiguation)

A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors.

Helicopter may also refer to:

Helicopter (song)

"Helicopter" is a song by English rock band Bloc Party that was originally released in the UK in 2004 on the Little Thoughts EP, and two years later as a single from their debut album, Silent Alarm in the US. The song was received with much acclaim, reaching number 26 on the UK Singles Chart on its first release, but failing to chart in the US. Various remixes have been recorded.

The song has also been featured on the video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero: On Tour, FIFA 06, Project Gotham Racing 3, Burnout Revenge, Colin McRae Dirt 2, and Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. The song was also featured in the films Yes Man, Charlie St. Cloud and Grandma's Boy and in the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Morp". A remix of the song was featured in the film Reverb.


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 forward, backward, and laterally. These attributes allow helicopters to be used in congested or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircraft and many forms of VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft cannot perform.

The English word helicopter is adapted from the French word , coined by Gustave Ponton d'Amécourt in 1861, which originates from the Greek helix "helix, spiral, whirl, convolution" and pteron "wing". English language nicknames for helicopter include "chopper", "copter", "helo", "heli", and "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 greater payload capacity. Coaxial helicopters, tiltrotor aircraft, and compound helicopters are all flying today. Quadcopter helicopters pioneered as early as 1907 in France, and other types of multicopter have been developed for specialized applications such as unmanned drones.

Helicopter (Martin Garrix and Firebeatz song)

"Helicopter" is a track by Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix and Dutch music producing duo Firebeatz. It was released as a digital download on 17 February 2014 on Beatport and on 10 March 2014 on iTunes. The track has charted in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The track was produced by Martin Garrix and Firebeatz.

Helicopter (Download album)

Helicopter is the seventh studio album by the post-industrial electronic band Download. Much like Download's previous release, FiXeR, Helicopter features a guest appearance by former vocalist, Mark Spybey. It also puts a prominent focus on analogue equipment, using the oldest machines that Subconscious Studios had to offer.
Initially given a limited release as part of Subconscious Communications' Beyond The Vault series, Helicopter eventually sold out and, in 2011, was given a second pressing and a wider release through Metropolis Records. This re-release is retitled Helicopter + Wookie Wall, and features three additional tracks. According to Simon Paul, designer of the Helicopter's original album art, the art of this re-release will be an amalgamation of the album's original artwork and the artwork he submitted for the proposed Wookie Wall EP.
The song "Message From Gort" is a reference to the PlatEAU album Gort Spacebar, which was also a Key and Western project and released as part of the Beyond The Vault series.

Usage examples of "helicopter".

The enlarged flyby surveillance photograph hanging on the wall showed in grainy black and white the cabin and its grounds, including the wide, elevated back porch on which Glenn Abies could be seen standing, small but unmistakable, giving the helicopter the finger.

The rotor wash whipped at Abies as the helicopter turned above, then dipped sharply down behind the tree cover and disappeared.

After a few moments the seeker saw the shape forming up ahead, the boxy bridge, the pointed bow, the tall central mast and the funnel aft, with the box of the hangar for the Dauphin helicopter and the flat helo-deck aft.

He also caught sight of a helicopter being rolled out onto the helo deck aft as he pulled his eye away from the eyepiece, snapped down his eyepatch and lowered the periscope.

He could not see the pilot, but he had a fair idea where the man would be huddled on the floor, and he was just aiming at that part of the floor when the helicopter veered sharply up the cliff.

So 430 troops of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Cavalry, Airmobile, 1st Cavalry Division, loaded on UH-1 helicopters, known as Hueys, and went on a search-and-destroy mission.

A number of enemy radar tracks converge there, and we believe it may be a helicopter staging area for a airmobile assault, almost certainly.

Serb helicopters about, too many airmobile troops, to risk an incursion by U.

Likeliest would be an airmobile assault by helicopter coming out of the southeast, mountain-hopping across the rugged, forested border with Greece.

As the helicopter hovered into view again a quarter of a mile ahead of them, Aragon cut the throttle and began to turn the craft toward the bank, but Sanders shook his head.

Arnica shrank back and averted her gaze, staring at the side of the helicopter as they passed her.

Wednesday, November 2 1734 hours Near nuclear bomb plant Chah Bahar, Iran The helicopter with the Iranian flag on the sides made three sweeps across the barren saddle between the two mountains, hesitated as if for a third look, then drifted to the north and swept down a valley, and out of sight of the seventeen SEALS.

They would use the kids as hostages and boogie to the border in that big flashy Jaguar with the helicopters broadcasting every moment of the trip on live TV.

A helicopter, presumably from one of the local television stations, had buzzed overhead toward the end of the conflagration, but the Fort Gillem post commander had a professional briefing team set up.

Then they went out of the area of the task to reach an LS where a helicopter could come in and casevac him.