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Synonyms of 'spiral'

(adjective) 
Definition
having the shape of a spiral
a spiral staircase
Synonyms
coiled
,
winding
a long and winding road
,
corkscrew
, ,
scrolled
,
whorled
,
helical
,
cochlear
,
voluted
,
cochleate (biology)
(noun) 
Definition
something that follows a winding course or that has a twisting form
Larks were rising in spirals from the ridge.
Synonyms
coil
Tess slung the coil of rope over her shoulder.
,
helix
Coil the fibre into a helix.
,
corkscrew
,
whorl
The plant has dense whorls of red-purple flowers.
, ,
gyre (literary)
,
curlicue
,
volute
(verb) 
Definition
to follow a spiral course or be in the shape of a spiral
Smoke spiralled from a joss stick.
Synonyms
coil
I turned off the water and began to coil the hose.
,
wind
The snake wound around my leg.
,
twist
She twisted her hair into a bun.
,
snake
The road snaked through the forested mountains.
,
twirl
She twirled an empty glass in her fingers.
(verb) 
Definition
to increase or decrease with steady acceleration
a spiralling trend of violence
Synonyms
soar
soaring unemployment
,
rise
We need to increase our charges in order to meet rising costs.
, ,
climb
Prices have climbed by 21% since the beginning of the year.
,
rocket
Fresh food is so scarce that prices have rocketed sharply.
,
shoot up

phrasal verb

See spiral downwards

Additional synonyms

in the sense of climb
Definition
to increase in value or amount
Prices have climbed by 21% since the beginning of the year.
Synonyms
in the sense of helix
Definition
a spiral
Coil the fibre into a helix.
Synonyms
corkscrew,
gyre (literary),
curlicue,
volute
in the sense of rise
Definition
to increase in amount or value
We need to increase our charges in order to meet rising costs.
Synonyms
go up,
get higher

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