Translation of "spiral" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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spiralnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us /ˈspaɪr.əl/

a shape made up of curves, each one above or wider than the one before

A corkscrew is spiral-shaped. 瓶塞鑽是螺旋形的。
downward spiral

C2 a situation in which a price, etc. becomes lower, or a situation gets worse and is difficult to control because one bad event causes another

This year's downward spiral of house prices has depressed the market. 今年房價的持續下跌造成了市場的疲軟。
We have to avoid the downward spiral in which unemployment leads to homelessness and then to crime. 我們必須避免失業導致無家可歸,進而導致犯罪的惡性循環。

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spiralverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us /ˈspaɪr.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

to move in a spiral

With one wing damaged, the model airplane spiralled downwards. 模型飛機的一個機翼壞了,盤旋下墜。

If costs, prices, etc. spiral, they increase faster and faster.

Spiralling costs have squeezed profits. 急遽上升的成本壓縮了利潤空間。
spiral downwards

(of prices, etc.) to become less, at a faster and faster rate


spiraladjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us /ˈspaɪr.əl/

shaped in a series of curves, each one above or wider than the one before

a spiral staircase 螺旋式樓梯
a spiral galaxy 漩渦星系

(Translation of “spiral” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)