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 for helping
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Help \Help\ (h[e^]lp), v. t. [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.
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     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.
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     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.
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              The true calamus helps coughs.        --Gerarde.
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     4. To change for the better; to remedy.
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              Cease to lament for what thou canst not help.
                                                    --Shak.
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     5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who
        can help it? --Swift.
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     6. To forbear; to avoid.
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              I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him
              and our author.                       --Pope.
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     7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and
        passing food.
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     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.
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              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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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) :

  helping
      n 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "helping":
     accessory, adjuvant, allotment, allowance, ancillary, antepast,
     assistant, assisting, attendant, attending, auxiliary, big end,
     bigger half, bit, bite, budget, chunk, commission, contingent,
     course, cover, cut, deal, dessert, destiny, dish, dividend, dole,
     dollop, end, entree, entremets, equal share, fate, fostering, half,
     halver, help, instrumental, interest, lot, measure, meed, menial,
     mess, ministerial, ministering, ministrant, modicum, moiety,
     nurtural, nutricial, part, percentage, piece, place, plate,
     portion, proportion, quantum, quota, rake-off, ration,
     second helping, segment, service, servile, serving, servitorial,
     share, slice, small share, stake, stock, subservient, subsidiary,
     waiting
  
  

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