[view·edit·purge]The word "spiral" has multiple meanings depending on context. In geometry, it is a curve acting as the focus of a point rotating around a fixed point that continuously extends from that point. Informally, it can be used to refer to a helix. It is also used to refer to a high-momentum, self-sustaining process that can't be stopped or accelerated instantly. Generally used as a noun, the word is derived from the the Middle French word spirale, itself derived from the Medieval Latin spiralis, in turn derived from the Latin spiraspaɪɹəl.
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