spiral

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English[edit]

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Archimedean spiral

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French spirale, from Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira

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Noun[edit]

spiral (plural spirals)

  1. (geometry) A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
  2. (informal) A helix.
  3. A self-sustaining process with a lot of momentum involved, so it is difficult to accelerate or stop it at once.

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spiral (not comparable)

  1. Helical, like a spiral

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spiral (third-person singular simple present spirals, present participle (US) spiraling or (UK) spiralling, simple past and past participle (US) spiraled or (UK) spiralled)

  1. (intransitive) To move along the path of a spiral or helix.
    The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.
  2. (figuratively, intransitive) To increase continually.
    Her debts were spiralling out of control.

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Adjective[edit]

spiral m (feminine spirale, masculine plural spiraux, feminine plural spirales)

  1. spiral

Noun[edit]

spiral m (plural spiraux)

  1. spiral

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Noun[edit]

spiral

  1. hip

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