[syn: Helix, genus Helix]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Helix \He"lix\, n.; pl. L. Helices, E. Helixes. [L. helix,
Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to turn round; cf. L. volvere, and E. volute,
1. (Geom.) 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. (Arch.) A caulicule or little volute under the abacus of
the Corinthian capital.
3. (Anat.) The incurved margin or rim of the external ear.
See Illust. of Ear.
4. (Zool.) A genus of land snails, including a large number
Note: The genus originally included nearly all shells, but is
now greatly restricted. See Snail, Pulmonifera.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and
cuts the element at a constant angle [syn: helix,
2: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous
series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: coil, spiral,
volute, whorl, helix]
3: type genus of the family Helicidae [syn: Helix, genus
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "helix":
cirrus, coil, corkscrew, curl, curlicue, evolute, gyre, involute,
kink, ringlet, roll, screw, scroll, spiral, swirl, tendril, twirl,
twist, volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whorl
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
A hardware description language from Silvar-Lisco.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Helix, OR -- U.S. city in Oregon
Population (2000): 183
Housing Units (2000): 68
Land area (2000): 0.114338 sq. miles (0.296135 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.114338 sq. miles (0.296135 sq. km)
FIPS code: 33250
Located within: Oregon (OR), FIPS 41
Location: 45.850847 N, 118.658297 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 97835
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.