a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center
a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle
a continuously accelerating change in the economy
ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix(noun)
a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
"a coil of rope"
flying downward in a helical path with a large radius
coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled, turbinate(verb)
in the shape of a coil
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"
form a spiral
"The path spirals up the mountain"
move in a spiral or zigzag course
A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
To move along the path of a spiral or helix.
The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.
To increase continually.
Her debts were spiralling out of control.
Helical, like a spiral
winding or circling round a center or pole and gradually receding from it; as, the spiral curve of a watch spring
winding round a cylinder or imaginary axis, and at the same time rising or advancing forward; winding like the thread of a screw; helical
of or pertaining to a spiral; like a spiral
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
anything which has a spiral form, as a spiral shell
Origin: [Cf. F. spirale. See Spiral, a.]
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
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
This term is sometimes used instead of coil, as the primary spiral or secondary spiral of an induction coil or transformer.
The numerical value of spiral in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of spiral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of spiral in a Sentence
It’s a hopeless spiral.
That starts a spiral that's hard to turn around.
The desire of the radical activists was to spiral the day out of control.
Incidents like this trigger paybacks, which could easily spiral out of control.
The spiral starts progressively, there is a huge waste of potential in these cities.
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Translations for spiral
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- برغي, لولبArabic
- espiralCatalan, Valencian
- σπείρωμα, έλικα, σπείραGreek
- espiral, héliceSpanish
- kiribil, helizeBasque
- kierre, spiraali, kierukkaFinnish
- aumentare vertiginosamenteItalian
- 渦巻, スパイラル, 渦巻線Japanese
- спирала, spiralaSerbo-Croatian
- xoắn ốcVietnamese
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