[hel-uh-seez] /ˈhɛl əˌsiz/
a plural of .
[hee-liks] /ˈhi lɪks/
noun, plural helices
[hel-uh-seez] /ˈhɛl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA), helixes.
Geometry. the curve formed by a straight line drawn on a plane when that plane is wrapped around a cylindrical surface of any kind, especially a right circular cylinder, as the curve of a screw. Equation: x = a sinθ, y = a cosθ, z = b θ.
Anatomy. the curved fold forming most of the rim of the external ear.
[kuh-rin-thee-uh n] /kəˈrɪn θi ən/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Corinth.
Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders invented in ancient Greece and similar in most respects to the Ionic but usually of slenderer proportions, and characterized by a deep capital with a round bell decorated with acanthus leaves and a square abacus with concave sides. The Corinthian capital has typically two distinct rows of acanthus leaves above which appear eight fluted sheaths, from each of which spring two scrolls (helices) of which one curls beneath a corner of the abacus as half of a volute and the other curls beneath the center of the abacus.
Compare (def 3), (def 3), (def 1), (def 2).
ornate, as literary style.
luxurious or licentious.
pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Corinth, in the 7th and early 6th centuries b.c., characterized chiefly by human, animal, and ornamental motifs, painted boldly in a black figure style on a terra-cotta ground, often arranged in tiers around the vase.
a native or inhabitant of Corinth.
a man about town, especially one who lives luxuriously or, sometimes, dissolutely.
an amateur yachtsman.
Manège. a horse-show class in which each contestant must be a member of a recognized hunt and wear regulation hunt livery.
Compare (def 7).
a plural of helix
of, characteristic of, or relating to Corinth
of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a bell-shaped capital having carved ornaments based on acanthus leaves See also Ionic, Doric, composite (sense 4), Tuscan
given to luxury; dissolute
ornate and elaborate
a native or inhabitant of Corinth
an amateur sportsman
(rare) a man about town, esp one who is dissolute
noun (pl) helices (ˈhɛlɪˌsiːz), helixes
a curve that lies on a cylinder or cone, at a constant angle to the line segments making up the surface; spiral
a spiral shape or form
the incurving fold that forms the margin of the external ear
another name for volute (sense 2)
any terrestrial gastropod mollusc of the genus Helix, which includes the garden snail (H. aspersa)
1650s as an architectural order, from Corinth, the ancient Greek city-state. In classical times Corinth was notorious for its luxury and licentiousness among the Greek states (and for not scorning trade and profit); hence Corinthian, noun and adjective, in various slang or colloquial sense in English, especially “a swell, a man about town” (early to mid-19c. but especially in the 1820s).
“a spiral thing,” 1560s, from Latin helix “spiral,” from Greek helix (genitive helikos), related to eilein “to turn, twist, roll,” from PIE *wel-ik-, from root *wel- “to turn, revolve” (see volvox).
helix he·lix (hē’lĭks)
n. pl. he·lix·es or hel·i·ces (hěl’ĭ-sēz’, hē’lĭ-)
One of the three main styles of Greek architecture (the others are Doric and Ionic). The Corinthian column is slender and fluted; the capital incorporates sculpted leaves.
In geometry, a three-dimensional spiral shape, resembling a spring.
[hel-i-krahy-suh m, hee-li-] /ˌhɛl ɪˈkraɪ səm, ˌhi lɪ-/ noun 1. any of the numerous composite plants of the genus Helichrysum, having alternate leaves and solitary or clustered flower heads, including the strawflower. /ˌhɛlɪˈkraɪzəm/ noun 1. any plant of the widely cultivated genus Helichrysum, whose flowers retain their shape and colour when dried: family Asteraceae (composites)
- Helicine artery
helicine artery n. Any of the coiled arteries in the erectile tissue of the penis.
helicine hel·i·cine (hěl’ĭ-sēn’, hē’lĭ-) adj. Of or relating to a helix; helical.
/hɪˈlɪsɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. (physics) the projection of the spin of an elementary particle on the direction of propagation helicity (hə-lĭs’ĭ-tē, hē’) The projection of a particle’s spin vector in the direction of its momentum vector, being positive if it points in the same direction, and negative if it points in the opposite direction. […]