what is difference between helicopter and whirlybird
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)
- 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.
- A powered troweling machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
- The winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple.
- (slang) A dragonfly.
- 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
- helicopter drop
- helicopter money
- helicopter parent
- → Cebuano: helikopter
helicopter (third-person singular simple present helicopters, present participle helicoptering, simple past and past participle helicoptered)
- (transitive) To transport by helicopter.
- (intransitive) To travel by helicopter.
- To rotate like a helicopter blade.
- To overprotect one’s children, as a helicopter parent does.
helicopter n (plural helicoptere)
- Alternative form of elicopter
whirly + bird
whirlybird (plural whirlybirds)
- (slang) A helicopter.