Definition of 'spiral'
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Via an alliance against a single media baron that spiralled out of control. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They will both lose their spiral shapes and end up as one featureless galaxy. The Sun (2012)Thus they look to be in something of a spiral. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The spiralling civilian death toll has spurred international calls for the fighting to end. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The club has been on a spiral downwards because of a losing mentality. The Sun (2015)Things can quickly spiral out of control for victims. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The purpose was to discuss the energy crisis caused by the spiralling cost of oil. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Now you may descend the spiral staircase to find a golf simulator instead. Times, Sunday Times (2010) Demand has spiralled and thousands are now saving money by using the site. The Sun (2016)Costs will inevitably continue to spiral in the next four years. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The whole thing is a downward spiral. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Wrap a spiral rabbit guard round the tree or use a layer of wire mesh. The Sun (2009)Your confidence will rise and you will have begun that upward spiral to success. Why Am I Afraid to be Assertive? (1994)No wonder her life spiralled out of control. The Sun (2008)All the evidence is that policymakers will do virtually anything rather than see a deflationary spiral take hold. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Perhaps one day the little building blocks of life hidden in this ghostly spiral will form part of a new world. The Sun (2010)Thus begins a downward economic spiral. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It's a spiralling problem and one we have to discuss. The Sun (2007)He appears in a plume of smoke, a spiral twirl delivering him on stage. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A steel and glass spiral staircase leads from the main reception room to the master suite. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Today's central bankers are aware of the danger that the economy will be locked into a deflationary spiral. Times, Sunday Times (2009)A low round table and a wood chest, both carved in a pattern of spirals, stood against the other wall. A Time of War (1993)
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Translations for 'spiral'
British English: spiral NOUN
A spiral is a shape which winds round and round, with each curve above or outside the previous one.
The maze is actually two interlocking spirals.
Definition of spiral from the Collins English Dictionary
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