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 spiralling
The volan was fluttering, spiralling slowly as Georg struggled to hold his place.Tarrano the Conqueror|Raymond King Cummings
They are swept by it, intoxicated by its perfection, inebriated by the spiralling complexity of its forms.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
All these great continental and oceanic systems of spiralling winds are important climatic controls.
Lufbery told us he had seen the whole thing, spiralling down after the German.Flying for France|James R. McConnell
The Atlantis was spiralling up to her ten-thousand-foot level, and in a moment or two she was nothing more than a speck.The Air Pirate|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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.