how to pronounce spiral


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spiral is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of spiral in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… began to spiral out of control all the …”

meanings of spiral


  1. A self-sustaining process with a lot of momentum involved, so it is difficult to accelerate or stop it at once.
  2. A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
  3. A helix.


  1. To move along the path of a spiral or helix.
  2. To increase continually.
  3. To cause something to spiral.


  1. Helical, like a spiral.

spiral frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word spiral occurs in english on average 6.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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