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Dictionary definition for: Spiral

1. (n) a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at ever-greater distances from it

2. (v) to wind or move in a spiral course; "the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action" "black smoke coiling up into the sky" "the young people gyrated on the dance floor"

3. (s) in the shape of a coil

4. (n) a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

5. (v) form a spiral; "The path spirals up the mountain"

6. (n) ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center

7. (v) move in a spiral or zigzag course

8. (n) a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"

9. (n) flying downward in a helical path with a large radius

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