Synonyms of spiral


1. spiral, curve, curved shape

usage: a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center

2. helix, spiral, curve, curved shape

usage: a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

3. spiral, economic process

usage: a continuously accelerating change in the economy

4. spiral, volute, decoration, ornament, ornamentation

usage: ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center

5. coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix, structure, construction

usage: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"

6. spiral, rotation, rotary motion

usage: flying downward in a helical path with a large radius


1. gyrate, spiral, coil, turn

usage: 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"

2. spiral, wind, twist, curve

usage: form a spiral; "The path spirals up the mountain"

3. corkscrew, spiral, turn

usage: move in a spiral or zigzag course


1. coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled, turbinate, coiled (vs. uncoiled)

usage: in the shape of a coil

WordNet 3.0 Copyright © 2006 by Princeton University.
All rights reserved.

Definition and meaning of spiral (Dictionary)