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spi·ral

 (spī′rəl)
n.
1.
a. A curve on a plane that winds around a fixed center point at a continuously increasing or decreasing distance from the point.
b. A three-dimensional curve that turns around an axis at a constant or continuously varying distance while moving parallel to the axis; a helix.
c. Something having the form of such a curve: a spiral of black smoke.
2. Printing A spiral binding.
3. The course or flight path of an object rotating on its longitudinal axis.
4. A continuously accelerating increase or decrease: the wage-price spiral.
adj.
1. Of or resembling a spiral.
2. Circling around a center at a continuously increasing or decreasing distance.
3. Coiling around an axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical.
4. Printing Relating to or having a spiral binding: a spiral notebook.
v. spi·raled, spi·ral·ing, spi·rals also spi·ralled or spi·ral·ling
v.intr.
1. To take a spiral form or course.
2. To rise or fall with steady acceleration.
v.tr.
To cause to take a spiral form or course.

[Medieval Latin spīrālis, of a spiral, from Latin spīra, coil; see spire2.]

spi·ral′i·ty (spī-răl′ĭ-tē) n.
spi′ral·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spiraling - in the shape of a coilspiraling - in the shape of a coil    
coiled - curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals); "a coiled snake ready to strike"; "the rope lay coiled on the deck"
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