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# Spiral

noun
1.
Geometry. a plane curve generated by a point moving around a fixed point while constantly receding from or approaching it.
2.
a helix.
3.
a single circle or ring of a spiral or helical curve or object.
4.
a spiral or helical object, formation, or form.
5.
Aeronautics. 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.
6.
Football. a type of kick or pass in which the ball turns on its longer axis as it flies through the air.
7.
Economics. a continuous increase in costs, wages, prices, etc. (inflationary spiral) or a decrease in costs, wages, prices, etc. (deflationary spiral)
8.
running continuously around a fixed point or center while constantly receding from or approaching it; coiling in a single plane:
a spiral curve.
9.
coiling around a fixed line or axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical.
10.
of or of the nature of a spire or coil.
11.
bound with a spiral binding; spiral-bound:
a spiral notebook.
verb (used without object), spiraled, spiraling or (especially British) spiralled, spiralling.
12.
to take a spiral form or course.
13.
Costs have been spiraling all year.
14.
Aeronautics. to fly an airplane through a spiral course.
verb (used with object), spiraled, spiraling or (especially British) spiralled, spiralling.
15.
to cause to take a spiral form or course.
noun
1.
(geometry) one of several plane curves formed by a point winding about a fixed point at an ever-increasing distance from it. Polar equation of Archimedes spiral:r = aθ; of logarithmic spiral: log r = aθ; of hyperbolic spiral:rθ = a, (where a is a constant)
2.
another name for helix (sense 1)
3.
something that pursues a winding, usually upward, course or that displays a twisting form or shape
4.
a flight manoeuvre in which an aircraft descends describing a helix of comparatively large radius with the angle of attack within the normal flight range Compare spin (sense 16)
5.
(economics) a continuous upward or downward movement in economic activity or prices, caused by interaction between prices, wages, demand, and production
6.
having the shape of a spiral
verb -rals, -ralling, -ralled (US) -rals, -raling, -raled
7.
to assume or cause to assume a spiral course or shape
8.
(intransitive) to increase or decrease with steady acceleration: wages and prices continue to spiral

spiral spi·ral (spī’rəl)
Coiling or developing around an axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical. n.
A structure in the shape of a coil. v. spi·raled or spi·ralled, spi·ral·ing or spi·ral·ling, spi·rals or spi·rals
To take the form or course of a spiral.

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noun 1. a binding, as for a notebook or booklet, in which the pages are fastened together by a spiral of wire or plastic that coils through a series of holes punched along one side of each page and the front and back covers. spiral binding noun 1. (bookbinding) a method of securing the pages […]

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