What does HELIX mean?

Definitions for HELIX
ˈhi lɪks; ˈhɛl əˌsizhe·lix

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. helix, spiralnoun

    a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

  2. coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helixnoun

    a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

    "a coil of rope"

  3. Helix, genus Helixnoun

    type genus of the family Helicidae


  1. helixnoun

    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.

  2. helixnoun

    A small volute under the abacus of a Corinthian capital.

  3. helixnoun

    The incurved rim of the external ear.

  4. helixnoun

    A genus of land snail containing many species.

  5. Etymology: From helix, from (helix) "something twisted or spiral"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HELIXnoun

    A spiral line; a circumvolution.

    Etymology: helice, Fr. ἕλιξ.

    Find the true inclination of the screw, together with the certain quantity of water which every helix does contain. John Wilkins, Dædalus.


  1. Helix

    A helix () is a shape like a corkscrew or spiral staircase. It is a type of smooth space curve with tangent lines at a constant angle to a fixed axis. 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". A "filled-in" helix – for example, a "spiral" (helical) ramp – is a surface called helicoid.


  1. helix

    A helix is a three-dimensional spiral shape or curve that turns around an axis at a constant or continuously varying distance while moving parallel to the axis. It is characterized by its coiling or twisting form. Examples include a spring, a corkscrew, or the shape of DNA molecules.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Helixnoun

    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

  2. Helixnoun

    a caulicule or little volute under the abacus of the Corinthian capital

  3. Helixnoun

    the incurved margin or rim of the external ear. See Illust. of Ear

  4. Helixnoun

    a genus of land snails, including a large number of species

  5. Etymology: [L. helix, Gr. , , fr. to turn round; cf. L. volvere, and E. volute, voluble.]


  1. Helix

    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

  1. Helix

    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

  1. Helix

    A coil of wire; properly a coil wound so as to follow the outlines of a screw without overlaying itself.

Editors Contribution

  1. Helix

    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.

    Submitted by JP03 on March 26, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HELIX in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HELIX in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of HELIX in a Sentence

  1. Matt MacDonald:

    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.

  2. Teymuras Kurzchalia:

    This led us, for instance, to understand that they can not survive without a specific sugar called trehalose, without this sugar, they just dieWhile there are no clear practical applications for a deep understanding of cryptobiosis, that should not be a reason to stop the research, Dr. Teymuras Kurzchalia said.The discovery of semiconductors, or of the double helix structure of DNA, Teymuras Kurzchalia said, took decades to yield a practical use, but ultimately turned out to be revolutionary.

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