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helical

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adjective he·li·cal \ˈhe-li-kəl, ˈhē-\

Definition of helical

  1. :  of, relating to, or having the form of a helix; broadly :  spiral 1a

he·li·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of helical

  1. <Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, travels a helical path through space.>



1591

First Known Use of helical

1591

Rhymes with helical


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helical

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adjective he·li·cal \ˈhel-i-kəl, ˈhē-li-\

Medical Definition of helical

  1. :  of, relating to, or having the form of a helix <the helical configuration of DNA>; broadly :  spiral 1a

  2. he·li·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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