a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle
coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix(noun)
a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
"a coil of rope"
Helix, genus Helix(noun)
type genus of the family Helicidae
A curve on the surface of a cylinder or cone such that its angle to a plane perpendicular to the axis is constant; the three-dimensional curve seen in a screw or a spiral staircase.
A small volute under the abacus of a Corinthian capital.
The incurved rim of the external ear.
A genus of land snail containing many species.
Origin: From helix, from (helix) "something twisted or spiral"
a nonplane curve whose tangents are all equally inclined to a given plane. The common helix is the curve formed by the thread of the ordinary screw. It is distinguished from the spiral, all the convolutions of which are in the plane
a caulicule or little volute under the abacus of the Corinthian capital
the incurved margin or rim of the external ear. See Illust. of Ear
a genus of land snails, including a large number of species
Origin: [L. helix, Gr. , , fr. to turn round; cf. L. volvere, and E. volute, voluble.]
A helix is a type of smooth space curve, i.e. a curve in three-dimensional space. It has the property that the tangent line at any point makes a constant angle with a fixed line called the axis. Examples of helixes are coil springs and the handrails of spiral staircases. A "filled-in" helix – for example, a spiral ramp – is called a helicoid. Helices are important in biology, as the DNA molecule is formed as two intertwined helices, and many proteins have helical substructures, known as alpha helices. The word helix comes from the Greek word ἕλιξ, "twisted, curved".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hē′liks, n. a spiral, as of wire in a coil: (zool.) a genus of molluscs including the land-snails: the external part of the ear: a small volute or twist in the capital of a Corinthian column:—pl. Helices (hel′i-sēz).—adj. Hel′ical, spiral.—adv. Hel′ically.—n.pl. Helic′idæ, a large family of terrestrial, air-breathing gasteropods, of which snails are familiar examples.—n. Hel′icograph, a drawing instrument for describing a spiral line.—adjs. Hel′icoid, -al, like a helix, screw-shaped; Helispher′ic, -al, spiral. [L.,—Gr. helix, helissein, to turn round.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A coil of wire; properly a coil wound so as to follow the outlines of a screw without overlaying itself.
A curve on a conical or cylindrical surface that would become a straight line if the surface were unrolled into a plane.
A wire coil wound or mounted on a coil-form and part of the [tuned circuits} in radio equipment.
The numerical value of Helix in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Helix in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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People visualize DNA in the classical helix structure in the way that Watson and Crick discovered it, when you put DNA into this solution, though, it starts to organize itself in a bulk liquid crystal. It’s not quite a liquid or a solid, it transitions through phases. That’s what people are seeing through these images. Being able to visualize it in an attractive way is pretty cool.
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