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spiral

 
Adjective spiral has 1 sense
  1. coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled, turbinate - in the shape of a coil
    Antonyms: uncoiled, straight (indirect, via coiled)
Noun spiral has 5 senses
  1. spiral - a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at ever-greater distances from it
    --1 is a kind of
    curve, curved shape
    Derived forms: verb spiral2, verb spiral1
  2. helix, spiral - a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle
    --2 is a kind of curve, curved shape
    --2 has particulars: double helix
    Derived form: verb spiral2
  3. spiral, volute - ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
    --3 is a kind of decoration, ornament, ornamentation
  4. coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix - a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"
    --4 is a kind of structure, construction
    --4 has particulars: hank
    Derived form: verb spiral1
  5. spiral - flying downward in a helical path with a large radius
    --5 is a kind of
    rotation, rotary motion
    Derived form: verb spiral3
Verb spiral has 3 senses
  1. gyrate, spiral, coil - 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"
    --1 is one way to turn
    Derived forms: noun spiral4, noun spiral1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  2. spiral - form a spiral; "The path spirals up the mountain"
    --2 is one way to
    wind, curve
    Derived forms: noun spiral2, noun spiral1
    Sample sentence:
    The wires spiral around the stick
  3. corkscrew, spiral - move in a spiral or zigzag course
    --3 is one way to turn
    Derived form: noun spiral5
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
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