helical

adjective he·li·cal \ ˈhe-li-kəl , ˈhē- \
|Updated on: 29 Jul 2018

Definition of helical

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

helically

play \ˈhe-li-k(ə-)lē, ˈhē-\ adverb

Examples of helical in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of helical

1591

in the meaning defined above

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helical Synonyms

Near Antonyms

lineal, linear, right, straight;

Related Words

circular;

curling, curving, swirly, twisting;


Medical Dictionary

helical

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

medical Definition of helical

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

helically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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