spiral: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (spī'rul), [key]
— n., adj., v., -raled, -ral•ing -ralled, -ral•ling.
- a plane curve generated by a point moving around a fixed point while constantly receding from or approaching it.
- a helix.
- a single circle or ring of a spiral or helical curve or object.
- a spiral or helical object, formation, or form.
- a maneuver in which an airplane descends in a helix of small pitch and large radius, with the angle of attack within that of the normal flight range.
- a type of kick or pass in which the ball turns on its longer axis as it flies through the air.
- a continuous increase in costs, wages, prices, etc.or a decrease in costs, wages, prices, etc.
- running continuously around a fixed point or center while constantly receding from or approaching it; coiling in a single plane: a spiral curve.
- coiling around a fixed line or axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical.
- of or of the nature of a spire or coil.
- bound with a spiral binding; spiral-bound: a spiral notebook.
- to take a spiral form or course.
- to advance or increase steadily; rise: Costs have been spiraling all year.
- to fly an airplane through a spiral course.
- to cause to take a spiral form or course.
- spiral (Thesaurus)