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spiral

adjective (a)

  • Winding or circling round a center or pole and gradually receding from it; as, the spiral curve of a watch spring. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center (noun.shape)
    source: wordnet30
  • a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle (noun.shape)
    Synonym: helix
    source: wordnet30
  • a continuously accelerating change in the economy (noun.process)
    source: wordnet30
  • ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: volute
    source: wordnet30
  • a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: coil, helix, volute, whorl
    source: wordnet30
  • flying downward in a helical path with a large radius (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • A plane curve, not reëntrant, described by a point, called the generatrix, moving along a straight line according to a mathematical law, while the line is revolving about a fixed point called the pole. Cf. Helix. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

verb (v)

  • to wind or move in a spiral course (verb.motion)
    Synonym: coil, gyrate
    source: wordnet30
  • form a spiral (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The path spirals up the mountain.
    source: wordnet30
  • move in a spiral or zigzag course (verb.motion)
    Synonym: corkscrew
    source: wordnet30

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