eggbeater vs helicopter what difference

what is difference between eggbeater and helicopter


Alternative forms

  • egg beater


egg +‎ beater



eggbeater (plural eggbeaters)

  1. A kitchen utensil that uses rotating blades to beat eggs.
  2. (uncommon, possibly dated) A (wire) whisk.
    • 1919, Herald and Presbyter, page 30:
      With a wire eggbeater, lower the oysters into this three or four at a time.
    • 1920, William Hallock Park, Public Health and Hygiene: In Contributions by Eminent Authorities, page 57:
      Bleeding.—Bleeding for therapuetic sera are made with trocar and rubber tube into 2-liter Erlenmeyer flasks having a large flat wire eggbeater to support the clot. After the flask is about half-full, it is tilted on the side where the wire is inserted.
    • 1944, Popular Mechanics, page 118:
      Taking advantage of the fact that a wire eggbeater of the type shown [pictured: a flat whisk] is so easily fastened between a camera tilt-head and the tripod, one photographer used such a beater to steady his camera []
  3. A swimming stroke involving alternating kicks.
  4. (military, slang) A helicopter.
    • 2008, George Galdorisi, Thomas Phillips, Leave No Man Behind: The Saga of Combat Search and Rescue
      He scanned the horizon to the south, searching in vain for the eggbeater.
  5. (slang) An outboard motor.

Coordinate terms

  • (kitchen utensil): eggwhisk; see also beater, whisk




Borrowed from French hélicoptère, from Ancient Greek ἕλιξ (hélix, spiral) + πτερόν (pterón, wing). Doublet of helicopteron.


  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈheliˌkɔptə(ɹ)/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɛl.iˌkɒp.tə(ɹ)/, /ˈhɛl.ɪˌkɒp.tə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɛlɨˌkɑptɚ/


helicopter (plural helicopters)

  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 typically having a smaller set of blades on its tail that stabilize the aircraft.
    We flew over the city in a helicopter.
  2. A powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
  3. The winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple.
  4. (slang) A dragonfly.
  5. A whirling trick performed with devil sticks.


  • (aircraft): chopper (informal), copter (informal), eggbeater (slang), heli (informal), helo (military, slang), rotary-wing aircraft (technical), whirlybird (slang)
  • (trowelling device): power trowel, trowel machine
  • (winged fruit): samara, whirlybird

Derived terms

  • helicopter drop
  • helicopter money
  • helicopter parent



  • Cebuano: helikopter


helicopter (third-person singular simple present helicopters, present participle helicoptering, simple past and past participle helicoptered)

  1. (transitive) To transport by helicopter.
  2. (intransitive) To travel by helicopter.
  3. To rotate like a helicopter blade.
  4. To overprotect one’s children, as a helicopter parent does.




helicopter n (plural helicoptere)

  1. Alternative form of elicopter


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