Adjective "Spiraled" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so as to form a cone.
  1. 'If they had a very special request they purchased a spiral coil of incense which was suspended from the ceiling and burned slowly over a whole week.'
  2. 'Mina lowered her eyes to my shirt, tracing the blue spiral pattern with the fingertips of her left hand.'
  3. 'Complexity is the study of how complicated systems can generate simple behavior, such as the sustained spiral pattern seen here.'
  4. 'It was like a pink disk, flat, and inch across, a spiral pattern of tiny dots on its surface.'
  5. 'Most crop deformations appear as simple, nearly perfect circles of grain flattened in a spiral pattern.'
  6. 'The large coiled-straw hat forms a spiral pattern above the sharecropper's graying head, a halo earned, but perhaps too little too late.'
  7. 'Most of those photos show the orbs to have a spiral pattern inside the orb.'
  8. 'The barren land around her was lit, revealing the tents that swirled around in a spiral pattern.'
  9. 'When the solution is placed as a thin film under stationary conditions, concentric or spiral wave patterns develop in the solution.'
  10. 'Female tusks, when they do appear, tend to be shorter and cleaner with more tightly wound spiral patterns.'
  11. 'At the edge of each floorplate is a spiral atrium, created by ‘twisting’ each successive floor.'
  12. 'The gold mounting is decorated with pearling and designed in a spiral pattern that has been heavily chased to give the effect of octopus tentacles.'
  13. 'The male reproductive system contains four pairs of accessory glands, the most prominent of which are the tightly coiled spiral accessory glands.'
  14. 'Many club mosses have leaves which are attached in a spiral pattern, while in other creeping species the leaves are all oriented in the same plane.'
  15. 'The plates were shaped to induce spiral motion in the particles, since accelerating them along a straight track would require an accelerator longer than the laboratory.'
  16. 'The unit pictured has a spiral twist, first bent around a big tin can, then a smaller one and then an even smaller one for smooth curves.'
  17. 'If you take a look, you will see that, in many cases, as you progress up along a stem, the leaves are located on a spiral path that winds around the stem.'
  18. 'Circular accelerators move particles along a circular or spiral path in machines that vary in size from less than a few feet to many miles in diameter.'
  19. 'Basically, you twist the developing can in a spiral movement as you invert it.'
  20. 'She was twisting the spiral cord with her long red nails.'
  21. 'There are some instances, like the spiral stairwell, I know he would've done something in.'
  22. 'Each floor has an oblong chamber with a small room and spiral stair in the wall thickness at the seaward end.'
  23. 'The three of them walked single file down past the familiar sets of doors and the rows of bunks and again entered the spiral stairwell.'
  24. 'She descended the dark spiral stairway, careful not to hit her elbows against the narrow passage.'
  25. 'Anyone climbing the ladder to the loft is suspended above the vertical spiral stairwell - not recommended for those nervous of heights.'
  26. 'They found the stairway - a spiral stairway constructed of black marble - almost immediately and started up it.'
  27. 'Kira rolled her eyes and followed her, up a long spiral stairway.'
  28. 'I decided to leave our luggage downstairs rather than negotiate the spiral stairway.'
  29. 'Bahamut proceeded into the enclosed spiral stairwell that would lead them to the peak of the mountain.'
  30. 'The party fell back; squatting around the spiral stairwell, pointing their weapons in preparation.'
  31. 'Recently he was forced to take an extended break to recover from a spiral fracture to his fibula, which ended up requiring multiple surgeries.'
  32. 'Transverse fractures are often harder to align and immobilise than apparently more serious oblique or spiral fractures.'
  33. 'The 26-year-old received a spiral fracture of the right leg last May, but is poised to start the final surge back to full fitness next week.'
  34. 'A small wooden desk, bearing a blue ceramic lamp and a spiral notebook, crouched bowlegged in one corner.'
  35. 'When I sat down at my desk, I pulled out my spiral notebook.'
  36. 'Kerrie reached down at her side and picked up a spiral notebook.'
  37. 'I always carry a small spiral notebook in my shirt pocket and, more recently, a small electronic memo recorder, to save ideas and images for future use.'
  38. 'In either case, the child's responses may be recorded as a check on sticky labels, Post-it pads, or in a small spiral notebook.'
  39. 'He carried a large spiral notebook under his left arm.'
  40. 'I write in spiral notebooks, the plain, drugstore kind.'
  41. 'In English we all get a spiral notebook we're to write in.'
  42. 'I keep these spiral notebooks, and everyday I write down the date and start a new page.'
  43. 'I closed my spiral notebook and stuffed it into my bag.'


A spiral curve, shape, pattern, or object.
  1. 'In ever-more-abstracted form and diverse media, these elemental shapes, such as spirals, labyrinths, lozenges, and goddesses, recurred in her work.'
  2. 'The designs are sometimes simply spirals or other patterns, but they might also be scenes from fairy tales or of famous people or places.'
  3. 'We show elementary hand-drawn patterns such as spirals and gold bands.'
  4. 'The pattern can be spied in everything from the spirals of sea shells to the shape of pine cones.'
  5. 'She pulled out something that looked to be a key, but it was made of crystal, and the end of it curved into a spiral.'
  6. 'Fowler's work consists of repetitive handwritten words, scribed on paper in spirals and other patterns.'
  7. 'For more than three centuries botanists and mathematicians have marveled at the complex and beautiful spiral patterns that form as plants develop.'
  8. 'Deeply engraved in each structure was a pattern of wings and spirals, that almost resembled a bird flying towards the ceiling.'
  9. 'In it he describes very clearly the distinctive spiral shaped organisms which were later identified as being part of the helicobacter family.'
  10. 'Angeli's many works were on infinitesimals and he used them to study spirals, parabolas and hyperbolas.'
  11. 'Hubble's tuning fork distinguishes ‘normal’ spiral galaxies from spirals that show a bar across the center.'
  12. 'Starbirth regions exist in most galaxies, particularly in spirals, and are obvious as clouds of predominantly hydrogen gas call H II regions.'
A progressive rise or fall of prices, wages, etc., each responding to an upward or downward stimulus provided by a previous one.
  1. 'The output reductions would be made with a view to halting the downward spiral of DRAM prices, itself caused by supply vastly outweighing demand.'
  2. 'The company's share price, already in a downward spiral, continued its fall and has now lost half its value in the past year and a half.'
  3. 'He also said the Japanese economy is not about to fall into a deflationary spiral under which price falls and economic contraction take place simultaneously.'
  4. 'As for property prices, there is no end to their upward spiral in sight.'
  5. 'But if inflation is negative, that strategy won't work, and the economy could fall into a downward spiral.'
  6. 'Carrefour and Casino have shown disappointing growth since the French government demanded a year ago that the country's food retailers reverse the upward spiral of prices.'
  7. 'As a result, there was an upward spiral in the share price of GTB, which helped it achieve a better swap ratio in the merger.'
  8. 'This is stuff that can put us on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and our share price in a downward spiral.'
  9. 'Price pressure could lead to a wage spiral while dangerously high government spending also poses very real dangers down the line, he warned.'
  10. 'Unfortunately, the downward spiral in price would be a direct consequence of any further reduction in tariff protection.'
  11. 'this spiral of deprivation and environmental degradation'
  12. 'This loss sends the relationship into a downward spiral, leading to increased bickering and fighting, and to the collapse of the union.'
  13. 'Chazan described the Israeli-Palestinian situation as a mess for the past four years and two months - a cycle of violence in a deteriorating spiral.'
  14. 'Players were sold to try to take up some of the slack, increasing the spiral of disaster.'
  15. 'Over the next few years, she would hear about him through her brother, about his remarriage, his downward spiral, his self-destruction.'
  16. 'The bulk of the first half of the film concerns Jack Magnus's introduction to drugs and his downward spiral into self-destructive addiction.'
  17. 'The collapse of the property bubble and the Asian financial crisis in 1997 sent the city into a downward spiral of job losses and deflation.'
  18. 'Nick Duerden's second novel studies the spiral of self destructiveness, and how some can fail over and over again yet still come out winning.'
  19. 'His term also saw a further increase in the spiral of violence, increasingly carried out by actors independent of the state.'
  20. 'This went on to cause no end of grief for her Mum and a downward spiral of self-destruction for this confused young teen.'
  21. '‘I'm a great optimist, but we're now caught in a downward spiral, economically and socially,’ he said.'


Move in a spiral course.
  1. 'A huge blaze at an industrial park in Leeds last night sent plumes of black smoke spiralling nearly 2,000 ft into the air.'
  2. 'The blast ripped through three storeys of the building and started a fire which sent smoke spiralling through the twin towers.'
  3. 'Faint smoke spiraled off the battery connections as they heated up.'
  4. 'In the clear blue sky above, four open-billed storks had a got a thermal and were spiralling up, Icaris-like, on motionless wings, to an unknown destination.'
  5. 'Hitting the far wall, he slipped down to the floor, escaping the rest of Shanza's attack, which roared through the obstacle to spiral out of the Temple and shoot into the sky.'
  6. 'Sammy tapped her thumb furiously on the kick button, blocked Jack's move, and sent the character spiraling into the air.'
  7. 'The dance troupe recounts the death of gods - from the polluted air and the smoke spiraling up from sacrifices made in their honour.'
  8. 'A cloud was slowly spiraling towards the sun and they retreated, moving to the edge of the forest, watching the skeletons appear one by one.'
  9. 'The butterflies leapt into flight, spiraling up into the sunlight, up and up until Joshua could no longer see them.'
  10. 'Digital modification stands in for genetic, and so the animals are lengthened, spiralled or moved across the picture plane as if a magnetic force - an exterior one - operated.'
Show a continuous and dramatic increase.
  1. 'he needed to relax after the spiralling tensions of the day'
  2. 'Policing the event, diverting the traffic and setting up and marshalling the course would see the costs spiralling.'
  3. 'It is also around four times the original estimate, and as costs spiralled, Congress moved to scrap the project in its entirety.'
  4. 'Regulation of the language school sector is needed urgently to combat spiralling levels of visa fraud involving thousands of individuals, a senior Garda has warned.'
  5. 'But the cost of the equipment they need, such as ropes, flares and the transmitters that detect the position of avalanche victims, is spiralling beyond the teams' ability to raise cash.'
  6. 'A growing compensation culture is being blamed by councillors in Leeds for the city's spiralling legal bill which has reached £22m.'
  7. 'Above any other area in the county the people of Ballon have faced tragedy after tragedy as the carnage on their local roads spirals to epidemic proportions.'
  8. 'Shortages for low-income Torontonians were once again rampant, rents were spiraling and evictions were increasing.'
  9. 'Unemployment soared, thousands emigrated and the national debt spiralled out of control.'
  10. '‘The problem is further exacerbated by spiralling operational cost and high turnover of staff,’ Roopnarine said.'
  11. 'he expects the figures to spiral down further'
  12. 'The problem in our country is not between Tsvangirai and Mugabe, it has now spiralled down to grass-roots level.'
  13. 'Worse yet, as the economy continued to spiral downward, the inflow of dollars slowed, forcing the currency board to restrict the country's money supply even further.'
  14. 'Let's hope that the government fulfills its promise to provide more funding for NHS dental treatment or else I can see that this family's teeth may start spiralling down towards decay and dentures.'
  15. 'Our times make you wonder if we're spiraling down into the end of time.'
  16. 'As the stock market continues to spiral downward and investor losses mount, mutual fund fees have found a way to continue to rise.'
  17. 'The alternative is to try to liquidate a trust that will send prices spiralling down elsewhere hitting other bank loans in barbell structures.'
  18. 'It starts with the discovery of a man buried alive and spirals downward from there.'
  19. 'Shares spiralled down more than 75 per cent this morning, valuing the firm, which two years ago was worth £2.5 billion, at around £75m.'
  20. 'Nationally, there was also some good news with a 29 per cent drop, with the figure for the month spiralling down to 115 from 163.'
  21. 'In recent years, he has clung to power as the country's economy spiraled downward and political opposition to his government has grown.'



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


(spiral)Mid 16th century (as an adjective): from medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira ‘coil’ (see spire).