Dictionary: HELL'-KITE – HELP'FUL

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A kite of an infernal breed. Shak.


Toward hell. Pope.

HELL'Y, a.

Having the qualities of hell. Anderson.

HELM, or HEL'MET, n. [Sax. helm. See Helm.]

  1. Defensive armor for the head; a head-piece; a morion. The helmet is worn by horsemen to defend the head against the broad sword.
  2. The part of a coat of arms that bears the crest. Johnson.
  3. The upper part of a retort. Boyle.
  4. In botany, the upper lip of a ringent corol. Martyn.

HELM, n.1

a termination, denotes defense; as, in Sighelm, victorious defense. [See Helmet.]

HELM, n.2 [Sax. helma; G. helm, a helm, and a helve; D. and Dan. helm; Sw. hielm; called in some dialects helmstock, which must be the tiller only; probably from the root of hold.]

  1. The instrument by which a ship is steered, consisting of a rudder, a tiller, and in large vessels, a wheel. [See Rudder.] Mar. Dict.
  2. Station of government; the place of direction or management; as, to be at the helm in the administration.

HELM, v.t.

  1. To steer; to guide; to direct. [Little used.] Shak.
  2. To cover with a helmet. Milton.




Furnished with a helmet.

HEL-MIN'THIC, a. [Gr. ελμινς; a worm.]

Relating to worms; expelling worms.


A medicine for expelling worms. Milton.

HEL-MIN-THO-LOG'IC, or HEL-MIN-THO-LOG'IC-AL, a. [See Helminthology.]

Pertaining to worms or vermes, or to their history.


One who is versed in the natural history of vermes.

HEL-MIN-THOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. ελμινς, a worm, and λογος, discourse.]

The science or knowledge of venues; the description and natural history of vermes. Ed. Encyc.


  1. Destitute of a helmet. Barlow.
  2. Without a helm.


The man at the helm.


A wind in the mountainous parts of England, so called. Burn.

HE'LOT, n.

A slave in ancient Sparta.


Slavery; the condition of the Helots, slaves in Sparta. Stephens.

HELP, n. [W. help.]

  1. Aid; assistance; strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress. Give us help from trouble; for vain is the help of man. Ps. lx.
  2. That which gives assistance; he or that which contributes to advance a purpose. Virtue is a friend and a help to nature. South. God is a very present help in time of trouble. Ps. xlvi.
  3. Remedy; relief. The evil is done; there is no help for it. There is no help for the man; his disease is incurable.
  4. A hired man or woman; a servant. United States.

HELP, v.i.

To lend aid; to contribute strength or means. A generous present helps to persuade, as well as an agreeable person. – Garth. To help out, to lend aid; to bring a supply.

HELP, v.t. [a regular verb; the old past tense and participle holp and holpen being obsolete. W. helpu; Sax. helpan, hylpan; G. helfen; D. helpen; Sw. hielpa; Dan. hielper; Goth. hilpan.]

  1. To aid; to assist; to lend strength or means toward effecting a purpose; as, to help a man in his work; to help another in raising a building; to help one to pay his debts; to help the memory or the understanding.
  2. To assist; to succor; to lend means of deliverance; as, to help one in distress; to help one out of prison.
  3. To relieve; to cure, or to mitigate pain or disease. Help and ease them, but by no means bemoan them. – Locke. The true calamus helps a cough. – Gerard. Sometimes with of; as, to help one of blindness. – Shak.
  4. To remedy; to change for the better. Cease to lament for what thou canst not help. – Shak.
  5. To prevent; to hinder. The evil approaches, and who can help it?
  6. To forbear; to avoid. I can not help remarking the resemblance between him and our author. – Pope. To help forward, to advance by assistance. To help on, to forward; to promote by aid. To help out, to aid in delivering from difficulty, or to aid in completing a design. The god of learning and of light, / Would want a god himself to help him out. – Swift. To help over, to enable to surmount; as, to help one over a difficulty. To help off, to remove by help; as, to help off time. [Unusual.] – Locke. To help to, to supply with; to furnish with. Whom they would help to a kingdom. – 1 Maccabees. Also, to present to at table; as, to help one to a glass of wine.

HELP'ED, pp.

Aided; assisted; relieved.


  1. One that helps, aids or assists; an assistant; an auxiliary.
  2. One that furnishes or administers a remedy. Compassion – is oftentimes a helper of evils. More.
  3. One that supplies with any thing wanted; with to. A helper to a husband. Shak.
  4. A supernumerary servant. Swift.


  1. That gives aid or assistance; that furnishes means of promoting an object; useful.
  2. Wholesome; salutary; as, helpful medicines. Ralegh.