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British English: /ˈspʌɪr(ə)l/
American English: /ˈspaɪrəl/

Translation of spiral in French:


  • 1 (shape) (gen) (Mathematics, Aviation)
    spirale (f)
    in a spiral
    (object, spring, curl)
    en forme de spirale
  • 2 (trend)
    spirale (f)
    inflationary spiral
    spirale inflationniste
    the wage-price spiral a spiral of violence
    une escalade de violence
    a downward/upward spiral
    une descente/montée en spirale


  • (motif, spring, structure)
    en spirale

intransitive verb p prés etc -ll- (British English) -l- (American English)

  • 1 (Economy)
    (costs, interest rates etc)
    to spiral downwards
    tomber en flèche
  • 2 (of movement) See examples: to spiral up(wards)/down(wards) (gently)
    monter/descendre en spirale or en tournoyant
    monter/descendre en vrille

also: spiralling (British English) spiraling (American English) present participle adjective

  • (costs, interest rates, rents)
    qui montent en flèche

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