downward spiral

Definition of downward spiral

  1. :  a situation in which something continuously decreases or gets worse Her life was in a downward spiral as she battled depression and addiction.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  from a higher to a lower place

    :  toward a direction that is the opposite of up

    :  from a higher to a lower condition

  1. :  moving or extending downward

    :  descending from a head, origin, or source

  1. :  winding around a center or pole and gradually receding from or approaching it

    :  helical

    :  spiral-bound

  1. :  the path of a point in a plane moving around a central point while continuously receding from or approaching it

    :  a three-dimensional curve (such as a helix) with one or more turns about an axis

    :  a single turn or coil in a spiral object

  1. :  to go and especially to rise or fall in a spiral course

    :  to form into a spiral

    :  to cause to spiral

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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