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espiral

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espiral(
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rahl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (having a spiral shape)
a. spiral
Subimos el faro a paso lento por la escalera espiral.We slowly climbed up the lighthouse's spiral staircase.
b. helical
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
El camino alrededor de la mina a cielo abierto tiene forma espiral.The road around the open-pit mine has a helical shape.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
2. (spiral shape or object)
a. spiral
El viento hizo que las llamas se elevaran en espiral.The wind made the flames rise in a spiral.
b. coil
El gato jugaba con los espirales de cinta que se habían caído del regalo.The cat was playing with the spirals of ribbon that had fallen off the present.
3. (mechanics)
a. hairspring
El relojero me quería cobrar mil pesos por colocar una espiral nueva.The clock repairer wanted to charge me a thousand pesos for replacing the hairspring.
4. (medicine)
a. coil
La espiral no sirve para protegerse de enfermedades de transmisión sexual.The coil doesn't offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
5. (escalating series of events)
a. spiral
Las nuevas medidas económicas no lograron frenar la espiral inflacionaria.The new economic measures failed to hinder the inflationary spiral.
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espiral
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (también fig)
a. spiral
en espiralspiral
2. (economics)
a.
espiral inflacionistainflationary spiral
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espiral
adjective
(gen) spiral; [+movimiento, línea] spiral; (Técnica) helical;
[de reloj] hairspring
(forma) (gen) spiral; (anticonceptiva) coil; (Técnica) whorl; [de humo] spiral; (Dep) corkscrew dive
la espiral inflacionista the inflationary spiral; el humo subía en espiral the smoke went spiralling up; dar vueltas en espiral to spiral
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