verb (used without object), spi·raled, spi·ral·ing or (especially British) spi·ralled, spi·ral·ling.
verb (used with object), spi·raled, spi·ral·ing or (especially British) spi·ralled, spi·ral·ling.
Origin of spiral
Related Words for spiralcoiled, circling, rolled, wound, radial, circular, corkscrew, screw, gyre, quirk, whorl, gyration, coil, flourish, curlicue, helix, volute, cochlear, helical, helicoid
Examples from the Web for spiral
Contemporary Examples of spiral
The now-convicted felons will hear their sentences in January, but their story continues to spiral downward.2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
Leung, however, has criticized Occupy Central for allowing the protests to spiral out of control.Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On
September 30, 2014
Case in point: the spiral galaxy NGC 5548, which astronomers have been monitoring off and on for decades.The Supermassive Black Hole Smokescreen
Matthew R. Francis
June 22, 2014
Sometimes if parents set too many boundaries and discipline too much, they will then also rebel and spiral out of control.Are Parents to Blame for Their Spoiled Rotten RugBrats?
March 10, 2014
Walking through the spiral hallway into the almost pitch black, circular room, the senses become immediately disoriented.Mariko Mori Rebirth at the Japan Society
October 10, 2013
Historical Examples of spiral
Here is another spiral similar in every respect to spiral C.
Some cutouts have a spiral spring attached to the cutout armature.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Lingua spiralis: the spiral tongue of Lepidoptera: see glossa.
Spiral: rolled up like a watch spring, or twisted like a cork-screw.
These are covered and surrounded with boards, fastened on to protect the spiral.Ten Books on Architecture
verb -rals, -ralling or -ralled or US -rals, -raling or -raled
Word Origin for spiral
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.