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helicoid

[ hel-i-koid, hee-li- ]
/ ˈhɛl ɪˌkɔɪd, ˈhi lɪ- /
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adjective
coiled or curving like a spiral.
noun
Geometry. a warped surface generated by a straight line moving so as to cut or touch a fixed helix.
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Origin of helicoid

First recorded in 1690–1700, helicoid is from the Greek word helikoeidḗs of spiral form. See helic-, -oid

OTHER WORDS FROM helicoid

hel·i·coi·dal, adjectivehel·i·coi·dal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for helicoid

helicoid
/ (ˈhɛlɪˌkɔɪd) /

adjective also: helicoidal
biology shaped like a spirala helicoid shell
noun
geometry any surface resembling that of a screw thread

Derived forms of helicoid

helicoidally, adverb
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Scientific definitions for helicoid

helicoid
[ hĕlĭ-koid′, hēlĭ- ]

Adjective
Arranged in or having the approximate shape of a flattened coil or spiral curve.
Noun
A surface in the form of a coil or screw. A helicoid is generated mathematically by rotating a plane or twisted curve about an axis at a fixed rate and simultaneously translating it in the direction of the line of axis, also at a fixed rate.
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