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spiral definition

Overview

This page has 17 definitions of spiral with English translations in 7 languages. Spiral is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use spiral in a sentence are shown. Also define these 11 related words and terms: geometry, locus, rotate, helix, self-sustaining, process, momentum, helical, spiral, hip, and coil.

See also: spirál

English spiral definition

Archimedean spiral

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Noun

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

spiral (not comparable)

  1. Helical, like a spiral

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Verb

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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Danish spiral definition

Pronunciation

Noun

spiral c (singular definite spiralen, plural indefinite spiraler)

  1. spiral
    • Spiral definition
      A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point. (1 of 3 spiral definitions)

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French spiral definition

Pronunciation

Adjective

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

  1. spiral

Noun

spiral m (plural spiraux)

  1. spiral

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Northern Sami spiral definition

Pronunciation

Etymology

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Noun

spiral

  1. hip

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Further reading

  • 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 spiral definition

Etymology

From Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira

Noun

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 spiral definition

Etymology

From Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira

Noun

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

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

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Romanian spiral definition

Etymology

From French spiral

Adjective

spiral m or n (feminine singular spirală, masculine plural spirali, feminine and neuter plural spirale)

  1. spiral

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Swedish spiral definition

Pronunciation

Noun

spiral c

  1. spiral

Declension

Declension of spiral 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative spiral spiralen spiraler spiralerna
Genitive spirals spiralens spiralers spiralernas