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Definitions of spiral

  1. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. in the shape of a coil Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. move in a spiral or zigzag course Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. form a spiral; "The path spirals up the mountain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. flying downward in a helical path with a large radius Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at ever-greater distances from it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. to wind or move in a spiral course; "the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action"; "black smoke coiling up into the sky"; "the young people gyrated on the dance floor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Winding or circling round a center or pole and gradually receding from it; as, the spiral curve of a watch spring. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Winding round a cylinder or imaginary axis, and at the same time rising or advancing forward; winding like the thread of a screw; helical. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Of or pertaining to a spiral; like a spiral. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. A plane curve, not reentrant, described by a point, called the generatrix, moving along a straight line according to a mathematical law, while the line is revolving about a fixed point called the pole. Cf. Helix. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Anything which has a spiral form, as a spiral shell. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Winding around a center and gradually receding from it; winding and going forward, like the thread of a screw; winding in a cone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. A curve or curved line moving continually from or toward the center about which it revolves. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. 1. Coiled, winding around a center like a watch-spring; winding and ascending like a wire spring. 2. A structure in the shape of a coil. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  18. Winding upward; resembling a spire. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  19. Pertaining to or like a spire: winding like the thread of a screw. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. A spiral line: a curve which continually recedes from a centre about which it revolves: a screw. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Like a spire; winding like the thread of a screw. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Spirally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Winding and receding from a center; winding and advancing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Anything of spiral form. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Winding like a screw; pointed like a spire. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. A curve which continually recedes from a centre, round which it revolves. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. Winding like a screw. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. In geom., a curve or curved line receding continually from the centre about which it revolves. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. Winding, like a screw ; leaves alternately placed; flower with spirally inserted parts. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  30. [Latin] Winding, like a screw; appl. leaves alternately places; appl. flower with spirally inserted parts (bot.). na
  31. cleavage into unequal parts, arranged in mosaic fashion and interlocking, the upper cells being rotated to the right to alternate with the lower (cyt.). na
  32. sp[=i]'ral, adj. pertaining to, or like, a spire: winding like the thread of a screw.--n. a spiral line: a curve which continually recedes from a centre about which it revolves: a screw.--n. SPIRAL'ITY.--adv. SP[=I]'RALLY, in a spiral form or direction.--adj. SPIR[=A]'TED, spiral, whorled. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. [Latin] Winding about a centre and constantly receding from it (as in the case of a watch-spring); or winding about a cylinder and ascending at the same time (as in the case of a screw); as S. bandage (see Bandage), S. canal (Canalis spiralis= the winding canal in the cochlea, comprising the scala tympani, scala media, and scala vestibuli), S. ganglion (see Ganglion spirale), S. lamina (see Lamina spiralis), S. ligament (see Ligamentum spirale). na
  34. [Latin] As s. curve. na
  35. Coiled; winding continually about& constantly receding from a centre, whether remaining in same plane like watch-spring or rising in a cone; winding continually& advancing as if along cylinder, like thread of screw; s. balance (measuring weight by torsion of s. spring); s. wheel (with teeth cut at angle to axis); (n.) plane or other s. curve, s. spring, s. formation in shell &c.; (v.t.) makes. Hence spirality n., spirally adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. Winding like the thread of a screw. American pocket medical dictionary.
  37. Screwlike; turning like the thread of a screw around an axis; a s. line or structure. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  38. [L.] (Math.) The curve traced out by a point moving in some specified way along a line which revolves round a fixed point ; as the Spiral of Archimedes, which is traced out by a point moving uniformly along a line which revolves uniformly round a fixed point. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  39. n. A helix or curve which winds round a cylinder like a screw. Cabinet Dictionary

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