deflationary spiral


See under spiral(def 7).

Nearby words

  1. deflagration,
  2. deflate,
  3. deflation,
  4. deflationary,
  5. deflationary gap,
  6. deflect,
  7. deflected,
  8. deflecting force,
  9. deflection,
  10. deflection yoke

Origin of spiral

1545–55; < Medieval Latin spīrālis, equivalent to Latin spīr(a) coil (< Greek speîra anything coiled, wreathed, or twisted; see spire2) + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for deflationary spiral


/ (ˈspaɪərəl) /



having the shape of a spiral

verb -rals, -ralling or -ralled or US -rals, -raling or -raled

to assume or cause to assume a spiral course or shape
(intr) to increase or decrease with steady accelerationwages and prices continue to spiral
Derived Formsspirally, adverb

Word Origin for spiral

C16: via French from Medieval Latin spīrālis, from Latin spīra a coil; see spire ²

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Word Origin and History for deflationary spiral
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Medicine definitions for deflationary spiral


[ spīrəl ]


Coiling or developing around an axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical.


A structure in the shape of a coil.


To take the form or course of a spiral.

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