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Meaning & Definition of Spiral in English

English

Spiral

/spaɪrəl/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • spiral

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

    synonym:
  • helix
  • ,
  • spiral

3. A continuously accelerating change in the economy

    synonym:
  • spiral

4. Ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center

    synonym:
  • spiral
  • ,
  • volute

5. A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

  • "A coil of rope"
    synonym:
  • coil
  • ,
  • spiral
  • ,
  • volute
  • ,
  • whorl
  • ,
  • helix

6. Flying downward in a helical path with a large radius

    synonym:
  • spiral

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • gyrate
  • ,
  • spiral
  • ,
  • coil

2. Form a spiral

  • "The path spirals up the mountain"
    synonym:
  • spiral

3. Move in a spiral or zigzag course

    synonym:
  • corkscrew
  • ,
  • spiral

adjective

1. In the shape of a coil

    synonym:
  • coiling
  • ,
  • helical
  • ,
  • spiral
  • ,
  • spiraling
  • ,
  • volute
  • ,
  • voluted
  • ,
  • whorled
  • ,
  • turbinate

Examples of using

A snail's shell is spiral in form.