It was clear to us that the war in Afghanistan had spiralled out of control.
My attempt to catch it failed and it spiralled up the trunk to a height of ten feet.
Their pinions flashed, spiralled and sank to rest on the wide waters.
She straightened out, banked and spiralled but not for a second did she take a chance with her plane.
Darl Thomas ran headlong up the staircase that spiralled through the dim cavern.
The wind caught it again and spiralled it away into the darkness.
Finally, he spiralled steeply, toppled over and flew for a while with the wheels up.
The spiralled figures turned in alarm back toward their craft.
Suddenly we spiralled violently down through the bottom of the cloud into sight of the earth again.
A flash darted out from the ship, hitting the spiralled figure operating his mystifying weapon.
1550s, from Middle French spiral, from Medieval Latin spiralis "winding, coiling" (mid-13c.), from Latin spira "coil," from Greek speira "coil, twist, wreath," from PIE *sper- "to turn, twist." Spiral galaxy first attested 1913.
1726 (implied in spiraled), from spiral (n.). Transferred and figurative sense by 1922. Related: Spiraling.
1650s, from spiral (adj.). U.S. football sense is from 1896.
spiral spi·ral (spī'rəl)
Coiling or developing around an axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical. n.
A structure in the shape of a coil. v. spi·raled or spi·ralled, spi·ral·ing or spi·ral·ling, spi·rals or spi·rals
To take the form or course of a spiral.