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

螺旋形
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

(價格等的)不斷下降;(局面的)迅速惡化;螺旋式惡性下滑
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。

More examples

  • The country's economy is on a downward spiral.
  • The pasta was in small spiral shapes.
  • The staircase was a grand spiral of marble.

spiralverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

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

to move in a spiral

呈螺旋式上升(或下降);盤旋上升(或下降)
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.

(費用、價格等)急遽成長,急速上升
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

(價格等)急遽下降

spiraladjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us /ˈspaɪr.əl/

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

螺旋形的(形狀類似一系列曲線,每個曲線在另一個之上或比前一個大)
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)