|Origin:||spiralis (adjective), from Latin spira 'coil'|
a line in the form of a curve that winds around a central point, moving further away from the centre all the time
a process, usually a harmful one, in which something gradually but continuously gets worse or better
in/into a spiral
Unemployment rose and the city went into a spiral of decline.
The company is in a downward spiral.
a situation in which wages and prices rise continuously because the level of inflation is high