- 1Winding 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: a spiral patternMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The way in which the spiral patterns of sunflower seeds and pine cones grow is described by the sequence, and it is common for the number of petals on a flower to be a Fibonacci number.
- It was like a pink disk, flat, and inch across, a spiral pattern of tiny dots on its surface.
- Arrange all integers in a hexagonal spiral pattern.
- 1.1Winding in a continuous curve of constant diameter about a central axis, as though along a cylinder; helical.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- In the spring, I took in an exhibit of Frank Gehry models and drawings arrayed along the spiral ramp within the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
- This meant the dogs had to run at different speeds along their spiral paths.
- 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.
- 1.2(Of a stairway) constantly turning in one direction as it rises, around a solid or open centre: a wrought-iron spiral staircaseMás ejemplos en oraciones
- All include a mezzanine level with a wrought-iron spiral stairway leading from a comfortable sitting area to the bedroom above.
- Quiet, clean and spare, it led, past a short spiral stairway with a gallery, to a darker room.
- Patsy got up thereafter and redressed, put on her makeup and then went downstairs and found the three-page ransom note at the bottom of the spiral stairway.
- 1.3 Medicine (Of a fracture) curving round a long bone lengthwise.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- Transverse fractures are often harder to align and immobilise than apparently more serious oblique or spiral fractures.
- A throwing fracture is a spiral fracture of the shaft of the humerus which is caused by the high torque on the arm during the throw.
- Luckily, the break was in a spiral fracture and I didn't need any plates or screws, so they just slapped a cast on my leg, gave me some Motrin, and I was on my way.
- 1.4 short for spiral-bound. a spiral notebookMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I write in spiral notebooks, the plain, drugstore kind.
- Tiara snatched a spiral notebook out of Erik's hand.
- 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.
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- 1A spiral curve, shape, pattern, or object: a spiral of smokeMás ejemplos en oraciones
- However, I do remember clearly the double spiral (figure-of-eight) shape.
- Small spiral shaped gills are found, which pick up oxygen from the water.
- In ever-more-abstracted form and diverse media, these elemental shapes, such as spirals, labyrinths, lozenges, and goddesses, recurred in her work.
- 1.1 Astronomy short for spiral galaxy.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- Hubble's tuning fork distinguishes ‘normal’ spiral galaxies from spirals that show a bar across the center.
- Galaxies and nebulae are often enormous spirals floating in outer space.
- Both galaxies are spirals of roughly the same age, with stars strewn across flattened disks of roughly the same size, more than 100,000 light-years across.
- 2A progressive rise or fall of prices, wages, etc., each responding to an upward or downward stimulus provided by a previous one: an inflationary spiralMás ejemplos en oraciones
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2.1A process of deterioration through the continuous increase or decrease of a specified feature: this spiral of deprivation and environmental degradationMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The huge work pressure the tutorial system creates, can lead students into a downward spiral of self-deprecation and loss of confidence.
- The highest rates of sexual infection and unwanted pregnancy are in people from deprived backgrounds further increasing the spiral of decline into poverty and ill health.
- 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.
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- 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move in a spiral course: a wisp of smoke spiralled up from the treesMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Jane stared down at the water, the fish spiralling, swimming, moving with the current.
- A huge blaze at an industrial park in Leeds last night sent plumes of black smoke spiralling nearly 2,000 ft into the air.
- Faint smoke spiraled off the battery connections as they heated up.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial] Cause to have a spiral shape or follow a spiral course: spiral the bandage round the limbMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Twist the rod until the hair section is spiralled around it (the barrel should be held vertically, so the top is pointing up).
- 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.
- 2 [no object] Show a continuous and dramatic increase: inflation continued to spiral (as adjective spiralling) he needed to relax after the spiralling tensions of the dayMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Shortages for low-income Torontonians were once again rampant, rents were spiraling and evictions were increasing.
- As tensions have spiraled between Pyongyang and the US, Anti-American sentiment has exploded in South Korea.
- The stress with trying to move house has spiralled out of all control and doesn't look like it's going to reduce in the near future.
- 2.1 (spiral down/downward) Decrease or deteriorate continuously: he expects the figures to spiral down furtherMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Unable to accept this reality, Kinsley, like many of the president's other critics, continues to spiral downward into irrationality.
- In April 1986 it fell to $2.40 and continued spiraling down to $2.01.
- 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.
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- Pinaceae are Monoecious with small pollen cones and larger seed cones with spirally arranged scales.
- The central awn in A. simpliciflora is prominently spiral-twisted and contorted to 180 degrees versus spreading to deflexed and not conspicuously spirally twisted basally in A. virgata.
- The woolly mammoth has two distinctive spirally curved tusks up to 3.5 metres long.
mid 16th century (as an adjective): from medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira 'coil' (see spire2).