All these great continental and oceanic systems of spiralling winds are important climatic controls.
But this newest development in the situation caused him to open the motor and start to spiralling upward.
The Atlantis was spiralling up to her ten-thousand-foot level, and in a moment or two she was nothing more than a speck.
But Chet felt the ship lift and lurch, then settle down to a swift, spiralling ascent.
They are swept by it, intoxicated by its perfection, inebriated by the spiralling complexity of its forms.
The volan was fluttering, spiralling slowly as Georg struggled to hold his place.
Lufbery told us he had seen the whole thing, spiralling down after the German.
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.