(Help"meet`) n. [See Helpmate.] A wife; a helpmate.
The Lord God created Adam, . . . and afterwards, on his finding the want of a helpmeet, caused him
to sleep, and took one of his ribs and thence made woman.J. H. Newman.
(Hel"ter-skel"ter) adv. [An onomatpoetic word. Cf. G. holter-polter, D. holder de bolder.]
In hurry and confusion; without definite purpose; irregularly. [Colloq.]
Helter-skelter have I rode to thee.Shak.
A wistaria vine running helter-skelter across the roof.J. C. Harris.
(Helve) n. [OE. helve, helfe, AS. hielf, helf, hylf, cf. OHG. halb; and also E. halter, helm of a
1. The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze.
2. (Iron Working) (a) The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer. (b) A
forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head.
(Helve), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Helving.] To furnish with a helve, as an
(Hel*ve"tian) a. Same as Helvetic. n. A Swiss; a Switzer.
(Hel*ve"tic) a. [L. Helveticus, fr. Helvetii the Helvetii.] Of or pertaining to the Helvetii, the
ancient inhabitant of the Alps, now Switzerland, or to the modern states and inhabitant of the Alpine
regions; as, the Helvetic confederacy; Helvetic states.
(Hel"vine Hel"vite) n. [L. helvus of a light bay color.] (Min.) A mineral of a yellowish color,
consisting chiefly of silica, glucina, manganese, and iron, with a little sulphur.