• WordNet 3.6
    • n helper a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
    • n helper a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose "my invaluable assistant","they hired additional help to finish the work"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Helper One who, or that which, helps, aids, assists, or relieves; as, a lay helper in a parish. "Thou art the helper of the fatherless.""Compassion . . . oftentimes a helper of evils."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n helper One who helps, aids, or assists; an auxiliary; one who affords assistance, comfort, or remedy.
    • n helper Specifically, one who is employed as assistant to another in doing some kind of work: as, a blacksmith's or a groom's helper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Helper one who helps: an assistant
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  • Proverb
    “He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “Men must necessarily be the active agents of their own well-being and well-doing... they themselves must in the very nature of things be their own best helpers.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. helpan, pa.t. healp, pa.p. holpen; Ice. hjálpa, Ger. helfen, to aid.


In literature:

But his work as a surgeon was complete before death separated him from his truest helper.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
The first scene was to take place in a Southern town, and for the purpose a street had been constructed by Pop Snooks and his helpers.
"The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays" by Laura Lee Hope
Into the cyclone cellar rushed the frightened members of the film company, as well as the farmer's family and helpers.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch" by Laura Lee Hope
The name of doctor, the dream of helper, condemns you.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
In a political and sectional sense, the "Impending Crisis," by Helper, exerted a wide influence for good.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
On this occasion he was "robbing back" in company with another skilful miner; but they had only one helper between them.
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
Lad, I need a helper!
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
The smith's helper faced Ghitza with his arm uplifted.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
This helper followed you back to Northfield, and reported Charles Randolph's return from abroad.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
And you must have a helper, I see that.
"If You Touch Them They Vanish" by Gouverneur Morris

In poetry:

For God has promis'd to provide
A Helper, Comforter, and Guide,
(In his own Son) to all that mourn,
And from their sins repentant turn.
"Advice To Those Who Are Desirous Of Obtaining God's Favour, And Forgiveness Of Their Sins" by Rees Prichard
There are, who, like the Seer of old,
Can see the helpers God has sent,
And how life's rugged mountain-side
Is white with many an angel tent!
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O weary ones! ye may not see
Your helpers in their downward flight;
Nor hear the sound of silver wings
Slow beating through the hush of night!
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Trust him, ye saints, in all your ways,
Pour out your hearts before his face:
When helpers fail, and foes invade,
God is our all-sufficient aid.
"Psalm 62" by Isaac Watts
Blest are the men whose hearts are set
To find the way to Zion's gate;
God is their strength, and through the road
They lean upon their helper God.
"Psalm 84 part 1" by Isaac Watts
The prayer of faith availeth much:
Thou hearest such;
Thy hand we in the darkness touch.
Oh, not apart
Stayest Thou on some high throne, all-loving Heart!
Helper in times of need we know Thou art.
"Praying Always" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

" A helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly " Ps 45:3).
Helper officials plead for Utah liquor outlet to be reopened.
Mother's Helper : A Shocking Thing I Learned After Giving Up My Eggs.
"I've had a few get really upset and leave, simply because they couldn't get on," said Leila Andrews, Helper 's librarian.
Helper mayor gets probation after DUI arrest.
Mayor of Helper Asked to Step Down.
At least one constituent is demanding that the mayor of Helper resign as he faces a drunken driving charge.
The demand was made Thursday during a crowded Helper City Council meeting.
Forty of "Santa's Helpers" volunteered their time to make sure needy kids of all ages have a merry Christmas.
CLINTON — Santa, with a group of helpers, visited WHEAT Community Service's Hidden Treasures store on Saturday, Dec 8.
Avoid the helper who can't be humble .
New Laundry Helper--Method's Fabric Softener Spray.
Santa's helper puts spark of love into police, firefighter toy drive.
Before I tell you the latest on our committee of Chautauqua helpers (volunteers), I must tell you about a scam I got involved with.
Show sheds light on Handel's hidden " Messiah " helper.

In science:

The CMS collaboration currently uses Oval for its regression tests, and the CERN LCG SPI group now recommends the use of Oval together with CppUnit which provide some C++ helper code.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot
These requirements are implemented in the class ’H1Tree’ and some helper classes by using different RooT trees in parallel, one for each storage level.
The new object oriented analysis framework for H1
Using one of these classes is not mandatory, but recommended. A benefit is the possibility of using other helpers like iterate test.
A Generic Random Number Generator Test Suite
Test helpers are typically used to abstract away recurring setup, stimulate or verification behavior, but also to facilitate access to more complex test data and input/output tests.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
As reusable entities, test helpers help to avoid duplication in test code.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites