helplessly


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help·less

 (hĕlp′lĭs)
adj.
1. Unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent.
2. Lacking support or protection: They were left helpless in the storm.
3. Impossible to control; involuntary: helpless laughter.

help′less·ly adv.
help′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.helplessly - in a helpless mannerhelplessly - in a helpless manner; "the crowd watched him helplessly"

helplessly

adverb
Without regard to desire or inclination:
Translations
بِصورَة عاجِزَه
bezmocně
hjælpeløst
gyámoltalanul
hjálparvana; í úrræîaleysi
bezmocne
nebogljeno

helplessly

[ˈhelplɪslɪ] ADV
1. (= powerlessly) [watch, stand by] → sin poder hacer nada; [struggle] → en vano; [shrug] → en un gesto de impotencia
"I can't," he said helplessly-no puedo -dijo con una expresión de impotencia
2. (= uncontrollably) [laugh, sob, sneeze] → sin poder contenerse

helplessly

[ˈhɛlpləsli] adv [watch] → sans pouvoir rien faire

helplessly

adv look, stand, shrug, sob, drift, liehilflos; (lit, fig: = impotently) watchmachtlos; helplessly confusedvöllig verwirrt; helplessly drunksinnlos betrunken

helplessly

[ˈhɛlplɪslɪ] adv (struggle, try) → in vano; (lie, remain) → senza potersi muovere; (say) → con fare impotente
he watched helplessly as his parents were shot → guardava impotente mentre i genitori venivano fucilati
to laugh helplessly → ridere senza potersi fermare

help

(help) verb
1. to do something with or for someone that he cannot do alone, or that he will find useful. Will you help me with this translation?; Will you please help me (to) translate this poem?; Can I help?; He fell down and I helped him up.
2. to play a part in something; to improve or advance. Bright posters will help to attract the public to the exhibition; Good exam results will help his chances of a job.
3. to make less bad. An aspirin will help your headache.
4. to serve (a person) in a shop. Can I help you, sir?
5. (with can(not), ~could (not)) to be able not to do something or to prevent something. He looked so funny that I couldn't help laughing; Can I help it if it rains?
noun
1. the act of helping, or the result of this. Can you give me some help?; Your digging the garden was a big help; Can I be of help to you?
2. someone or something that is useful. You're a great help to me.
3. a servant, farmworker etc. She has hired a new help.
4. (usually with no) a way of preventing something. Even if you don't want to do it, the decision has been made – there's no help for it now.
ˈhelper noun
We need several helpers for this job.
ˈhelpful adjective
a very helpful boy; You may find this book helpful.
ˈhelpfully adverb
ˈhelpfulness noun
ˈhelping noun
the amount of food one has on one's plate. a large helping of pudding.
ˈhelpless adjective
needing the help of other people; unable to do anything for oneself. A baby is almost completely helpless.
ˈhelplessly adverb
ˈhelplessness noun
help oneself
1. (with to) to give oneself or take (food etc). Help yourself to another piece of cake; `Can I have a pencil?' `Certainly – help yourself; He helped himself to (= stole) my jewellery.
2. (with cannot, ~could not) to be able to stop (oneself). I burst out laughing when he told me – I just couldn't help myself.
help out
to help (a person), usually for a short time because the person is in some difficulty. I help out in the shop from time to time; Could you help me out by looking after the baby?
References in classic literature ?
His head seemed to be flying about like a pinwheel and then projecting itself off into space and his arms and legs flopped helplessly about.
For, by this time, so spent was he by loss of blood, that he helplessly rolled away from the wreck he had made; lay panting on his side, impotently flapped with his stumped fin, then over and over slowly revolved like a waning world; turned up the white secrets of his belly; lay like a log, and died.
At church "sociables" he was always called upon to read poetry; and when he was through, the ladies would lift up their hands and let them fall helplessly in their laps, and "wall" their eyes, and shake their heads, as much as to say, "Words cannot express it; it is too beautiful, TOO beautiful for this mortal earth.
If you will come," said Mary, "if you will help me to make it alive I'll--I don't know what I'll do," she ended helplessly.
She raised her head and beat her hand helplessly on the table.
Try Copperfield, if you please, sir,' said I, looking helplessly down.
After darkly looking at his leg and me several times, he came closer to my tombstone, took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his.
I, who have seen society reluctantly accepting works of genius for nothing from men of extraordinary gifts, and at the same time helplessly paying my father millions, and submitting to monstrous mortgages of its future production, for a few directions as to the most business-like way of manufacturing and selling cotton, cannot but wonder, as I prepare my income-tax returns, whether society was mad to sacrifice thus to him and to me.
The lines of the monkeys swayed forward helplessly, and Baloo and Bagheera took one stiff step forward with them.
This mountain is composed of adamant, which attracts to itself all the iron and nails in your ship; and as we are helplessly drawn nearer, the force of attraction will become so great that the iron and nails will fall out of the ships and cling to the mountain, and the ships will sink to the bottom with all that are in them.
The horses jumped about and reared, and looked helplessly round with eyes that rolled in a way painful to see.
I fell helplessly, in full sight of the Mar- tians, upon the broad, bare gravelly spit that runs down to mark the angle of the Wey and Thames.