Associations to the word «Helix»

Pictures for the word «Helix»


HELIX, noun. (mathematics) 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.
HELIX, noun. (architecture) A small volute under the abacus of a Corinthian capital.
HELIX, noun. (anatomy) The incurved rim of the external ear.
HELIX, noun. An upside down midair 360° spin in playboating.
HELIX, proper noun. A taxonomic genus within the family Helicidae   — certain land snails.

Dictionary definition

HELIX, noun. A curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle.
HELIX, noun. A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope".
HELIX, noun. Type genus of the family Helicidae.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats