What does spiral mean?

Definitions for spiral
ˈspaɪ rəlspi·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spiralnoun

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

  2. helix, spiralnoun

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

  3. spiralnoun

    a continuously accelerating change in the economy

  4. spiral, volutenoun

    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, helixnoun

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

    "a coil of rope"

  6. spiraladjective

    flying downward in a helical path with a large radius

  7. coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled, turbinateverb

    in the shape of a coil

  8. gyrate, spiral, coilverb

    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. spiralverb

    form a spiral

    "The path spirals up the mountain"

  10. corkscrew, spiralverb

    move in a spiral or zigzag course


  1. spiralnoun

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

  2. spiralnoun

    A helix.

  3. spiralverb

    To move along the path of a spiral or helix.

    The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.

  4. spiralverb

    To increase continually.

    Her debts were spiralling out of control.

  5. spiraladjective

    Helical, like a spiral

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spiraladjective

    Curve; winding; circularly involved.

    Etymology: spirale, Fr. from spira, Latin.

    The process of the fibres in the ventricles, running in spiral lines from the tip to the base of the heart, shews that the systole of the heart is a muscular constriction, as a purse is shut by drawing the strings contrary ways. John Ray.

    Why earth or sun diurnal stages keep?
    In spiral tracts why through the zodiack creep? Richard Blackmore.

    The intestinal tube affects a straight, instead of a spiral cylinder. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. Spiral

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


  1. spiral

    A spiral is a continuous and gradually widening or tightening curve that either extends outward or appears to move towards a central point, often found in natural formations and structures. It can either move in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The concept of spiral is often used in mathematics, science, art, and nature, represented in various forms like the structure of galaxies, DNA, seashells, or patterns of growth and movement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spiraladjective

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

  2. Spiraladjective

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

  3. Spiraladjective

    of or pertaining to a spiral; like a spiral

  4. Spiraladjective

    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

  5. Spiraladjective

    anything which has a spiral form, as a spiral shell

  6. 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. Spiral

    rolled up like a watch spring, or twisted like a cork-screw. {Scanner's comment: Nowadays it is more correct to regard the corkscrew as helical and the watch spring as spiral.}

Anagrams for spiral »

  1. Aprils

  2. prisal

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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. Louistine Hoskin:

    The Justice Department's definitely The Justice Department, unfortunately for most people who are in The Justice Department, they continue to be in a downward spiral because they can't get jobs, they can't do anything, they can't pay the fines.

  3. Philip Saltier:

    Americans become unhappy and vicious because their preoccupation with amassing possessions obliterates their loneliness. This is why production in America seems to be on such an endless upward spiral: every time we buy something we deepen our emotional deprivation and hence our need to buy something.

  4. The Belgian central bank chief:

    In this context, the purchase of sovereign bonds could prove to be an effective tool, since the beginning of 2014, we have systematically underestimated deflationary effects...if we were to find ourselves at the beginning of next year with negative inflation and fall into a deflationary spiral, the effects on the behavior of households and businesses could be very negative.

  5. Vanna Bonta:

    Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest.

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