What does Spiral mean?

Definitions for Spiral
ˈspaɪ rəlSpi·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spiral(noun)

    a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center

  2. helix, spiral(noun)

    a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

  3. spiral(noun)

    a continuously accelerating change in the economy

  4. spiral, volute(noun)

    ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center

  5. coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix(noun)

    a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

    "a coil of rope"

  6. spiral(adj)

    flying downward in a helical path with a large radius

  7. coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled, turbinate(verb)

    in the shape of a coil

  8. gyrate, spiral, coil(verb)

    to wind or move in a spiral course

    "the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action"; "black smoke coiling up into the sky"; "the young people gyrated on the dance floor"

  9. spiral(verb)

    form a spiral

    "The path spirals up the mountain"

  10. corkscrew, spiral(verb)

    move in a spiral or zigzag course


  1. spiral(Noun)

    A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.

  2. spiral(Noun)

    A helix.

  3. spiral(Verb)

    To move along the path of a spiral or helix.

    The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.

  4. spiral(Verb)

    To increase continually.

    Her debts were spiralling out of control.

  5. spiral(Adjective)

    Helical, like a spiral


  1. Spiral

    In mathematics, a spiral is a curve which emanates from a point, moving farther away as it revolves around the point.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spiral(adj)

    winding or circling round a center or pole and gradually receding from it; as, the spiral curve of a watch spring

    Etymology: [Cf. F. spirale. See Spiral, a.]

  2. Spiral(adj)

    winding round a cylinder or imaginary axis, and at the same time rising or advancing forward; winding like the thread of a screw; helical

    Etymology: [Cf. F. spirale. See Spiral, a.]

  3. Spiral(adj)

    of or pertaining to a spiral; like a spiral

    Etymology: [Cf. F. spirale. See Spiral, a.]

  4. Spiral(adj)

    a plane curve, not reentrant, described by a point, called the generatrix, moving along a straight line according to a mathematical law, while the line is revolving about a fixed point called the pole. Cf. Helix

    Etymology: [Cf. F. spirale. See Spiral, a.]

  5. Spiral(adj)

    anything which has a spiral form, as a spiral shell

    Etymology: [Cf. F. spirale. See Spiral, a.]


  1. Spiral

    In mathematics, a spiral is a curve which emanates from a central point, getting progressively farther away as it revolves around the point.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spiral

    spī′ral, adj. pertaining to, or like, a spire: winding like the thread of a screw.—n. a spiral line: a curve which continually recedes from a centre about which it revolves: a screw.—n. Spiral′ity.—adv. Spī′rally, in a spiral form or direction.—adj. Spirā′ted, spiral, whorled.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Spiral

    This term is sometimes used instead of coil, as the primary spiral or secondary spiral of an induction coil or transformer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spiral in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spiral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Spiral in a Sentence

  1. Vaclav Havel:

    Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.

  2. Gregg Hallinan:

    As the electrons spiral down toward the atmosphere, they produce radio emissions, and then when they hit the atmosphere, they excite hydrogen in a process that occurs at Earth and other planets, we now know that this kind of auroral behavior is extending all the way from planets up to brown dwarfs.

  3. Matija Cuk:

    But that fact allows us to use computer simulations to tease out the history of Saturn’s inner moons, doing so, we find that they were most likely born during the most recent 2 percent of the planet’s history. Related : Saturn's largest moon Titan is bursting with color Researchers had long thought Saturn’s rings were as old as the planet itself. But that thinking changed in 2012, when French astronomers found that tidal effects – the gravitational interaction of the inner moons with fluids deep in Saturn’s interior – are causing them to spiral to larger orbital radii comparatively quickly. The implication, given their present positions, is that these moons, and presumably the rings, are not so old. That still did n’t answer exactly when they were born. Cuk and his team turned to results from NASA’s Cassini mission, which has observed ice geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Assuming that the energy powering these geysers comes directly from tidal interactions and that Enceladus ’ level of geothermal activity is more or less constant, then the tides within Saturn are quite strong. According to the team’s analysis, these would move the satellite by the small amount indicated by the simulations in only about 100 million years. Related : Cassini probe takes' cosmic bulls-eye' of Saturn moons Enceladus, Tethys This would date the formation of the major moons of Saturn, with the exception of more distant Titan and Iapetus, to the relatively recent Cretaceous Period, the era of the dinosaurs.

  4. Justice Kennedy:

    The states are being told either create your own exchange or we’ll send your insurance market into a death spiral.

  5. Rachel Krengel:

    We fell into this awful spiral of poverty and debt, one of the things that fell by the wayside was my ability to buy enough menstrual products to get me through the month.

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