• IPA: /ˈspaɪɹəl/

spiral (plural spirals)

  1. (geometry) A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
  2. (informal) A helix.
  3. A self-sustaining process with a lot of momentum involved, so it is difficult to accelerate or stop it at once.
Translations Translations Translations Adjective

spiral (not comparable)

  1. Helical, like a spiral

spiral (spirals, present participle spiraling; past and past participle spiraled)

  1. (intransitive) To move along the path of a spiral or helix.
    The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.
  2. (transitive) To cause something to spiral.
    You need to learn how to spiral a ball.
  3. (figuratively, intransitive) To increase continually.
    Her debts were spiralling out of control.
  • French: spiraler
  • Italian: aumentare vertiginosamente

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