helpings

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Help \Help\ (h[e^]lp), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Helped} (h[e^]lpt) (Obs. imp. {Holp} (h[=o]lp), p. p. {Holpen} (h[=o]l"p'n)); p. pr. & vb. n. {Helping}.] [AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hj[=a]lpa, Sw. hjelpa, Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp to be fitting.]

1. To furnish with strength or means for the successful performance of any action or the attainment of any object; to aid; to assist; as, to help a man in his work; to help one to remember; -- the following infinitive is commonly used without to; as, "Help me scale yon balcony." --Longfellow.

2. To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as, to help one in distress; to help one out of prison. "God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!" --Shak.

3. To furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such a word for the direct object. "To help him of his blindness." --Shak.

The true calamus helps coughs. --Gerarde.

4. To change for the better; to remedy.

Cease to lament for what thou canst not help. --Shak.

5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it? --Swift.

6. To forbear; to avoid.

I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him and our author. --Pope.

7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food.

{To help forward}, to assist in advancing.

{To help off}, to help to go or pass away, as time; to assist in removing. --Locke.

{To help on}, to forward; to promote by aid.

{To help out}, to aid, as in delivering from a difficulty, or to aid in completing a design or task.

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 an obstacle.

{To help to}, to supply with; to furnish with; as, to help one to soup.

{To help up}, to help (one) to get up; to assist in rising, as after a fall, and the like. "A man is well holp up that trusts to you." --Shak.

Syn: To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support; sustain; befriend.

Usage: To {Help}, {Aid}, {Assist}. These words all agree in the idea of affording relief or support to a person under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and supposes co["o]peration on the part of him who is relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought. Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a person who "stands by" in order to relieve. It denotes both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person who is weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted the stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a noun, it points less distinctively and exclusively to the source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by the help of my friend.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

helping \helping\ n.

1. a quantity of food served as part of a meal.

Syn: portion, serving. [WordNet 1.5]

2. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.

Syn: aid, assistance, help. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

helping

noun

1: an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal; "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each" [syn: {helping}, {portion}, {serving}]


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