spiral

31 ENTRIES FOUND:

1spi·ral

adjective \ˈspī-rəl\

: winding or circling around a central point and usually getting closer to or farther away from it : shaped or moving like a spiral

Full Definition of SPIRAL

1
a :  winding around a center or pole and gradually receding from or approaching it <the spiral curve of a watch spring>
b :  helical
c :  spiral-bound <a spiral notebook>
2
:  of or relating to the advancement to higher levels through a series of cyclical movements
spi·ral·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of SPIRAL

  1. <a spiral staircase takes visitors up into the Statue of Liberty>

Origin of SPIRAL

Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira coil — more at spire
First Known Use: 1551

Rhymes with SPIRAL

2spiral

noun

: a circular curving line that goes around a central point while getting closer to or farther away from it

: a situation in which something continuously increases, decreases, or gets worse

American football : a kick or throw in which the ball spins while moving through the air

Full Definition of SPIRAL

1
a :  the path of a point in a plane moving around a central point while continuously receding from or approaching it
b :  a three-dimensional curve (as a helix) with one or more turns about an axis
2
:  a single turn or coil in a spiral object
3
:  something having a spiral form as:
a :  spiral galaxy
b (1) :  a spiral flight
(2) :  a kick or pass in which a football rotates on its long axis while moving through the air
4
:  a continuously spreading and accelerating increase or decrease <wage spirals>

Examples of SPIRAL

  1. The glider flew in a wide spiral over the field.
  2. The quarterback threw a tight spiral to the receiver.

First Known Use of SPIRAL

1656

3spiral

verb

: to move in a circle around a central point while getting closer to or farther away from it : to move in a spiral

: to greatly increase, decrease, or get worse in a continuous and usually fast and uncontrolled way

spiraled or spiralledspiral·ing or spiral·ling

Full Definition of SPIRAL

intransitive verb
:  to go and especially to rise or fall in a spiral course <costs spiraled upward>
transitive verb
1
:  to form into a spiral
2
:  to cause to spiral

Examples of SPIRAL

  1. Smoke spiraled up from the chimney.
  2. The airplane spiraled to the ground and crashed.
  3. The unemployment rate has been spiraling upward.
  4. The stock market is spiraling downward.
  5. Let's deal with this crisis before it spirals out of control.

First Known Use of SPIRAL

1834

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