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spiral

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
spiral

Plural
spirals

A spiral shape
Three lollipops with spiral shapes
  1. (countable) A spiral is a shape that has a curve that curves closer and closer to a point until it stops.

Verb[change]

Plain form
spiral

Third-person singular
spirals

Past tense
spiraled

Past participle
spiraled

Present participle
spiraling

Plain form
spiral

Third-person singular
spirals

Past tense
spiralled

Past participle
spiralled

Present participle
spiralling

  1. (transitive) If something is spirals, it moves along the path of a spiral or helix.
    The falling leaves spiraled down from the tree.
  2. (transitive) (figurative) If something spirals, it increases or decreases dramatically.
    Her debts were spiraling out of control.