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.
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India’s healthcare system has spiralled into total chaos following the Covid-19 outbreak.Covid-19 is teaching India to use maps to battle the next pandemic|Ananya Bhattacharya|July 30, 2020|Quartz
It’s possible, too, that some of the partisan divides we’re seeing now could start to narrow as outbreaks spiral out of control in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas.Republicans And Democrats See COVID-19 Very Differently. Is That Making People Sick?|Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux|July 23, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Images from the telescopes show a spiral disk of gas and dust surrounding AB Aurigae.
It likely has spiral arms, too, the scientists say — just like the Milky Way.Oldest disk galaxy puts a new spin on galaxy growth|Lisa Grossman|June 30, 2020|Science News For Students
Our spirals might all trace back to an unexpected influence from cosmic rays.Cosmic Rays May Explain Life’s Bias for Right-Handed DNA|Charlie Wood|June 29, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The now-convicted felons will hear their sentences in January, but their story continues to spiral downward.
Leung, however, has criticized Occupy Central for allowing the protests to spiral out of control.
Case in point: the spiral galaxy NGC 5548, which astronomers have been monitoring off and on for decades.
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?|Keli Goff|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even as Erdogan talked tough on the protests, however, the situation around Taksim threatened to spiral further out of control.
Ornaments have free endings, bent in spiral, snail-shell coils.Jewellery|H. Clifford Smith,
Keeping on the outside, he commenced walking the animal in a spiral ring that gradually closed in upon the clump.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
A genus of tube-inhabiting Annelides, in which the shelly tube is coiled into a spiral disc.The Ancient Life History of the Earth|Henry Alleyne Nicholson
These large rich spots are elongated and are placed parallel to the long axis of the egg, showing but little tendency to spiral.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)|Arthur Cleveland Bent
This rough cutting edge imparts just such a roughness to the spiral groove.The Arrow of Fire|Roy J. Snell