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

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

  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

  3. Spiral(adj)

    of or pertaining to a spiral; like a spiral

  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

  5. Spiral(adj)

    anything which has a spiral form, as a spiral shell

  6. Origin: [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. Tom Lindsay:

    It’s a hopeless spiral.

  2. Patrick Harker:

    That starts a spiral that's hard to turn around.

  3. Paris Police Prefect Michel Delpuech:

    The desire of the radical activists was to spiral the day out of control.

  4. Greg Anderson:

    Incidents like this trigger paybacks, which could easily spiral out of control.

  5. Damien Brossier:

    The spiral starts progressively, there is a huge waste of potential in these cities.

Images & Illustrations of spiral

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