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Definitions of spiral

  1. move in a spiral or zigzag course Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. form a spiral; "The path spirals up the mountain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  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. flying downward in a helical path with a large radius Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at ever-greater distances from it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Anything of spiral form. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. 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.
  12. Winding or circling round a center or pole and gradually receding from it; as, the spiral curve of a watch spring. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. 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
  14. Of or pertaining to a spiral; like a spiral. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. 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
  16. Anything which has a spiral form, as a spiral shell. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Like a spire; winding like the thread of a screw. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Spirally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Winding and receding from a center; winding and advancing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Winding like a screw; pointed like a spire. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. Winding like a screw. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. 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.

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Usage examples for spiral

  1. Clinging to a bush, I saw the valley lashed with cloudy blasts, and a whirling mass of spiral darkness rushing like a giant toward me. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  2. The light of the lantern stretched in a long yellow shaft up the spiral stairway beyond the door, and, half in this light and half in shadow, stood the witch- like figure of Babette, leaning a little forward as if striving to catch each word that was spoken. – The Chevalier d'Auriac by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
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