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English adjective: spiral

1. spiral in the shape of a coil


Synonymscoiling, helical, spiraling, turbinate, volute, voluted, whorled


Similarcoiled


Antonymsuncoiled, straight


English noun: spiral

1. spiral (shape) a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center


Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

2. spiral (shape) a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle


Synonymshelix


Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape


Narrower (hyponym)double helix

3. spiral (process) a continuously accelerating change in the economy


Broader (hypernym)economic process


Narrower (hyponym)deflationary spiral, inflationary spiral

4. spiral (artifact) ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center


Synonymsvolute


Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation

5. spiral (artifact) a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops


SamplesA coil of rope.


Synonymscoil, helix, volute, whorl


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)hank

6. spiral (act) flying downward in a helical path with a large radius


Broader (hypernym)rotary motion, rotation


English verb: spiral

1. spiral (motion) to wind or move in a spiral course


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymscoil, gyrate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)turn

2. spiral (stative) form a spiral


SamplesThe path spirals up the mountain.


ExamplesThe wires spiral around the stick


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)curve, twist, wind

3. spiral (motion) move in a spiral or zigzag course


Synonymscorkscrew


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)turn









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