Meaning of “helicopter” in the English Dictionary

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"helicopter" in British English

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helicopternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhel.ɪˌkɒp.tər/ us /ˈhel.əˌkɑːp.tɚ/

A2 a type of aircraft without wings, that has one or two sets of large blades that go round very fast on top. It can land and take off vertically and can stay in one place in the air:

The injured were ferried to hospital by helicopter.
a helicopter pilot

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  • The helicopter made a drop of much-needed supplies to the stranded hikers.
  • The helicopter was hovering above the building.
  • I heard the noise of a helicopter hovering overhead.
  • The crew of the ship were winched to safety by a rescue helicopter.
  • The helicopter stirred up clouds of dust.

(Definition of “helicopter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"helicopter" in American English

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helicopternoun [ C ]

us /ˈhel·ɪˌkɑp·tər, ˈhi·lə-/ short form copter

a type of aircraft without wings but with large blades that spin on top

(Definition of “helicopter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"helicopter" in Business English

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helicopternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhelɪkɒptər/ us TRANSPORT

a type of aircraft without wings, that has long flat parts on top that go round very fast. Helicopters take off and land vertically.

(Definition of “helicopter” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)