a. rotary; curled; moving in a zigzag course; moving in shape of a coil
v. rise or fall with steady acceleration; increase continually
This housing market is in a downward spiral and I've got to re-think my strategy.
Roughly 300 dams are proposed or under construction in the deeply cut valleys of India’s mountainous north, part of a massive effort to meet the country’s spiralling energy demands.
Sentence in Classic:
It was reached by a spiral staircase which terminated in the corner of the room at a square hole like the hatchway of a ship.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
The spot where Javert was leaning was, it will be remembered, situated precisely over the rapids of the Seine, perpendicularly above that formidable spiral of whirlpools which loose and knot themselves again like an endless screw.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
But these forces increase as we go higher, so that we have a spiral which in defiance of reason rests upon the apex and not on the base.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
Along both ranges of hills, which bounded the opposite sides of the lake and valley, clouds of light vapor were rising in spiral wreaths from the uninhabited woods, looking like the smoke of hidden cottages; or rolled lazily down the declivities, to mingle with the fogs of the lower land.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
A cold grey sky threatened rain, and a high wind drove the dust in wild spirals up and down the streets.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
Sometimes he crossed his arms and leaned on his hoe, and slowly descended the endless spirals of revery.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context