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 spiralled
It was clear to us that the war in Afghanistan had spiralled out of control.
She straightened out, banked and spiralled but not for a second did she take a chance with her plane.Gypsies of the Air|Bess Moyer
Their pinions flashed, spiralled and sank to rest on the wide waters.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
The wind caught it again and spiralled it away into the darkness.Deadly City|Paul W. Fairman
We spiralled down around it, looking for a landing place and trying to match our speed with its rotational velocity.Out Around Rigel|Robert H. Wilson
Bob spiralled upward until they were high above the ranch, and the figures below seemed little manikins.The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border|Gerald Breckenridge
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.