(He"li*um) n. [NL., fr. Gr. the sun.] (Chem.) A gaseous element found in the atmospheres of
the sun and earth and in some rare minerals.
(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. (Zoöl.) A genus of land snails, including a large number of species.
The genus originally included nearly all shells, but is now greatly restricted. See Snail, Pulmonifera.
(Hell) n. [AS. hell; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G. hölle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede,
Goth. halja, and to AS. helan to conceal. . Cf. Hele, v. t., Conceal, Cell, Helmet, Hole, Occult.]
1. The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave; called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks
He descended into hell.Book of Common Prayer.
Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.Ps. xvi. 10.