Spiral - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈspaɪrəl|  American pronunciation of the word spiral
Brit.  |ˈspaɪr(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word spiral


- a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center
- a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle (syn: helix)
- a continuously accelerating change in the economy
- ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center (syn: volute)
- a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops (syn: coil, helix, volute, whorl)
- flying downward in a helical path with a large radius


- to wind or move in a spiral course (syn: coil, gyrate)
- form a spiral
The path spirals up the mountain
- move in a spiral or zigzag course (syn: corkscrew)


- in the shape of a coil (syn: helical, turbinate, volute)

Extra examples

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

The glider flew in a wide spiral over the field.

The quarterback threw a tight spiral to the receiver.

Smoke spiraled up from the chimney.

The airplane spiraled to the ground and crashed.

The unemployment rate has been spiraling upward.

The stock market is spiraling downward.

Let's deal with this crisis before it spirals out of control.

Unemployment rose and the city went into a spiral of decline.

The company is in a downward spiral.

The damaged plane spiralled to the ground.

Crime has spiraled out of control.

The path spirals up the mountain

The cord is contorted into a spiral.

She bought a scarf printed with a spiral figure.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spiral
he/she/it: spirals
present participle: spiralling
past tense: spiralled
past participle: spiralled
singular: spiral
plural: spirals
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