Origin of helium
Examples from the Web for helium
She added in the high-pitched, over-enunciated voice, like she was alternating between sucking on helium and a bong.SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much|Jason Lynch|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After he inhaled sulfur hexafluoride, a compound that acts like helium, his voice got very deep.The Anger Over ‘Tranny,’ From Neil Patrick Harris to RuPaul to Dan Savage|Tricia Romano|January 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As for Hydorn, she says that if she herself hits that low spot, she may one day use the helium hood, too.
And once, Olivia says, “we got balloons full of helium with messages to him and we let them go at night.”
Helium is contained almost universally in the gases which bubble up with the water of thermal springs.
The well-known case of helium gives a striking illustration.
The helium thermometer could be used to advantage in the determination of the critical temperature and boiling point of hydrogen.
Here again we have hydrogen and helium represented by bright lines, while the origin of the remaining bright lines is doubtful.The Story of the Heavens|Robert Stawell Ball
It had been warped by the force of the helium blast, and it was stuck in its grooves.The Bramble Bush|Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin for helium
1868, coined from Greek helios "sun" (see sol), because the element was detected in the solar spectrum during the eclipse of Aug. 18, 1868, by English astronomer Sir Joseph N. Lockyer (1836-1920) and English chemist Sir Edward Frankland (1825-1899). It was not actually obtained until 1895; it was assumed before that to be an alkali metal, hence the ending in -ium.
n. Symbol He
The second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen, Helium (symbol He) is a colorless, odorless, nonmetallic gas that is produced abundantly by the nuclear fusion in all stars and is found in smaller amounts on Earth. It was discovered by the British scientist-and founding editor of the journal Nature-Joseph Norman Lockyer in 1868, while he was studying a solar eclipse with a spectroscope, an instrument that breaks light up into a spectrum. If an element is heated up enough to glow, the emitted light produces a unique spectrum when refracted through a prism. Lockyer noticed that the spectrum of the Sun's corona, which is visible only during a solar eclipse, contained lines produced by an unknown element. He named the element helium from helios, the Greek word for sun. Helios gives us many other words pertaining to the Sun, such as heliocentric and perihelion.