spiral

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See also: spirál

English[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Archimedean spiral

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French spirale, from Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira, from Ancient Greek σπείρα (speíra, wreath, coil, twist).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈspaɪɹəl/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪɹəl

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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Adjective[edit]

spiral (not comparable)

  1. Helical, like a spiral

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Verb[edit]

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. (transitive) To cause something to spiral.
    You need to learn how to spiral a ball.
  3. (figuratively, intransitive) To increase continually.
    Her debts were spiralling out of control.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. spiral

Noun[edit]

spiral m (plural spiraux)

  1. spiral

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Northern Sami[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

spiral

  1. hip

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Further reading[edit]

  • Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002-2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[1], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira

Noun[edit]

spiral m (definite singular spiralen, indefinite plural spiraler, definite plural spiralene)

  1. a spiral, coil
  2. a coil (contraceptive device)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira

Noun[edit]

spiral m (definite singular spiralen, indefinite plural spiralar, definite plural spiralane)

  1. a spiral, coil
  2. a coil (contraceptive device)

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