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.
- spiral arm,
- spiral bandage,
- spiral bevel gear,
- spiral binding,
- spiral canal of cochlea
Origin of spiral
Examples from the Web for spiraling
Authorities in Hong Kong, at least for the moment, have lost control of spiraling protests in the city.
Spiraling gun violence has earned Chicago the nickname Chiraq.
Unsurprisingly, Phillips himself seems to be spiraling out of control.Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement|Amanda Marcotte|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite a spiraling rabbit hole of media quibbling about what Huckabee supposedly said, the basic gist of his remarks were clear.
Debt has a habit of spiraling out of control and thus “fragilizing systems,” as Nassim Taleb puts it.
I eased back on my throttle, settled into a spiraling glide, and sank down into the fog, flying by instruments.Test Pilot|David Goodger (email@example.com)
He went up and over the hill, spiraling into the sky in a climb steeper than any ship had ever carried him.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin|Al Avery
I was behind him and picked a German who was spiraling either upward or downward, for a few seconds I was not sure which.High Adventure|James Norman Hall
The spark descended rather slowly, with a spiraling movement, and trailing the heavy smoke.Our Part in the Great War|Arthur Gleason
First, a decade of rampant inflation drained its reserves as we tried to protect beneficiaries from the spiraling cost of living.
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.