spiral
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spiral(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (geometry)
a. la espiral
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Martie curled her hair into tight spirals.Martie se rizó el cabello en espirales apretadas.
2. (movement in circles)
a. la voluta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Spirals of smoke rose from Grandpa's pipe as he read from his book by the fireplace.De la pipa del abuelo se elevaban volutas de humo mientras leía su libro al lado de la chimenea.
3. (continuous increase)
a. la espiral
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An inflationary spiral, while damaging, is not as harmful as a deflationary spiral.Una espiral inflacionaria, aunque dañina, no es tan perjudicial como una espiral deflacionaria.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (in shape)
a. en espiral
Hubble discovered that Andromeda is a spiral galaxy, not a nebula.El Hubble descubrió que Andrómeda es una galaxia en espiral, no una nebulosa.
b. de espiral
Miguel ate churros made in a spiral shape at the county fair.Miguel comió churros en forma de espiral en la feria del condado.
c. de caracol (staircase)
Joyce climbed the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse.Joyce subió la escalera de caracol hasta la parte superior del faro.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to move in circles)
a. subir en espiral
The smoke spiraled up from the campfire.El humo subía en espiral de la fogata.
b. bajar en espiral
Water spirals down the drain clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.El agua baja por el desagüe en espiral en el sentido de las agujas del reloj en el hemisferio sur.
6. (to increase sharply)
a. subir vertiginosamente
Property prices have spiraled in the capital.Los precios de las propiedades han subido vertiginosamente en la capital.
b. escalar
Unemployment spiraled higher in the first quarter.El desempleo escaló más en el primer trimestre.
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spiral
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la espiral
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
spiral staircaseescalera de caracol
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (smoke)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. ascender en espiral
3. (prices)
a. subir vertiginosamente
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spiral [ˈspaɪərəl]
adjective
espiral; en espiral
a spiral staircase una escalera de caracol
noun
espiral (f); hélice (f)
the inflationary spiral la espiral inflacionista
intransitive verb
to spiral up/down subir/bajar en espiral; the plane spiralled down el avión bajó en espiral
the smoke spiralled up the smoke went spiralling up el humo subió formando una espiral
prices have spiralled up los precios han subido vertiginosamente
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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spiral notebook
cuaderno de espiral
spiral staircase
la escalera de caracol
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