Spiral meaning

spīrəl
Spiral is defined as something that circles around a center point, creating a two or three dimensional curve.

The @ sign is an example of something that might be described as a spiral.

A staircase that curves around and around a pole is an example of something that would be described as a spiral staircase.

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A continuously accelerating increase or decrease.

The wage-price spiral.

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Of or resembling a spiral.
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Coiling around an axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical.
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Relating to or having a spiral binding.

A spiral notebook.

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A general course or trend that gains continuously in strength, momentum, etc.

An inflationary spiral ending in financial collapse.

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The definition of a spiral is a curve or winding shape that winds around a central point, or a continuous decrease or increase.

The @ sign is an example of a spiral.

When unemployment causes a decline in consumer confidence that causes a reduction in buying that causes more unemployment, this is an example of an economic spiral.

When you turn to drugs and drinking and slowly fall into a worse and worse state, this is an example of a downward spiral.

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To take a spiral form or course.
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To rise or fall with steady acceleration.
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To cause to take a spiral form or course.
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Circling around a central point in a flat, two-dimensional curve that constantly increases (or decreases) in size.
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Circling around a central axis in a conical or cylindrical, three-dimensional curve.
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A spiral curve occurring in a single plane.
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A spiral curve occurring in a series of planes; helix.
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Something having a spiral form, as a wire for holding sheets in some notebooks.
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A spiral path or flight.

The descending spiral of a falling leaf.

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A section or segment of a spiral.
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A kick or pass in which the ball rotates on its longer axis as it moves through the air.
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To move in or form a spiral.
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To cause to move in or form a spiral.
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(geometry) A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
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(informal) A helix.
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A self-sustaining process with a lot of momentum involved, so it is difficult to accelerate or stop it at once.
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Helical, like a spiral.
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(intransitive) To move along the path of a spiral or helix.

The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.

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(figuratively, intransitive) To increase continually.

Her debts were spiralling out of control.

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Spiral is to move in a winding or circular motion around a central point, or to experience a continuous decrease or increase, usually as part of a chain reaction.

When you begin to drink more and get more depressed and then drink some more, this is an example of a time when you spiral into addiction.

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A spiral binding.
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The course or flight path of an object rotating on its longitudinal axis.
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Circling around a center at a continuously increasing or decreasing distance.
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Origin of spiral

  • Medieval Latin spīrālis of a spiral from Latin spīra coil spire2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Medieval Latin spiralis from Latin spira

    From Wiktionary