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English adjective: spiral

1. spiral in the shape of a coil

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


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


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


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


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

Broader (hypernym)turn

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