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death spiral

1. In aviation, a dangerous downward cork-screw maneuver of a disabled or uncontrollable aircraft that often leads to a crash. Also called a "spiral dive." The pilot, unaware of the plane's slight roll in the cloud bank, only realized he was in a death spiral when it was too late to overcome the dive.
2. In pairs figure skating, a maneuver in which the male partner, in a pivot position, spins the female partner with one hand in a wide circle with her body nearly parallel to the ground. The two pulled off an amazing death spiral—her head looked as though it were about to touch the ice at one point!
3. In insurance (especially health insurance), a plan in which costs rapidly increase over time due to policyholders with a lower risk opting out of the policy, forcing those dependent on it to pay higher premiums, thus prompting more low-risk policy holders to opt out and further drive up costs, and so on. I purchased my health insurance plan as a means to afford my medicine, but it turned into a death spiral when employers started offering cheaper, barebones plans that the majority of people were quick to switch to.
4. In finance, a loan given by investors to a company in exchange for convertible bonds, which can then be converted to common stock at prices lower than the market value, causing overall share prices to fall and more bondholders to trade their stock for equity, ultimately leading to a collapse of the company's stock worth altogether. To keep his company afloat, Tom was forced to take a loan that ultimately proved a death spiral, leading him to close the business anyway.
5. Any situation in which a series of events or actions, especially as a consequence of one another, ultimately lead to a point of ruin, failure, or destruction. With the recent allegations of drug abuse, corruption charges, and controversial remarks about minorities, the long-time senator now seems locked into an irreversible death spiral.
See also: death, spiral

spiral down

1. To travel down (something) in a twirling or spiraling motion. After the second engine went dead, the plane started spiraling down to the ground. I pulled the plug and watched the water spiral down the drain.
2. Of some measurement or value, to decrease very rapidly. The company's stock prices have spiraled down since the CEO's arrest, dropping nearly 18 points in two days. As the sun set the temperature began spiraling down, so I knew we needed to find shelter soon.
See also: down, spiral

spiral up

To move, proceed, or lead up in a spiral path or motion. The ornate staircase spiraled up to the second floor. The dust spiraled up into the air in a small whirlwind.
See also: spiral, up

spiral down

to descend in a spiral path. The ancient trail spiraled down the mountain peak. A path spiraled down and at the bottom was a small refreshment stand.
See also: down, spiral

spiral up

to ascend in a spiral path. The smoke spiraled up to the sky. The trail spiraled up the slope to the top.
See also: spiral, up
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Thin conical shell, number of whorls 5, umbilicus compressed, shell light brownish or whitish in colour, dextral, thin and oblongly ovate, body whorl enlarged and inflated, spire short and cone shaped, deeply sutured, umbilicus compressed, aperture large and ovate with twisted columella, shell sculpture smooth, glossy and spirally striated, apex pointed.
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KPIOS recently delivered to ABB some 117,387 m of carbon steel spirally welded pipes with a diameter of 30 inches and wall thickness of 0.500 inch.
You could put a windmill on top of it, or things that represent the wind - bamboo chimes or wispy, spirally things.
To ensure that the film was unwound without creases and at the required tension, a Tecnomec spreader roller, spirally grooved path rollers and a Nexen closed loop tension control system were used.
Fasten the end to the first round of cord with wire nails and used like pins, walk around the tree as before, winding the burlap spirally upward and fastening each lap in several places with nails.
The COR-LOK-XE model air chuck utilizes a pneumatically expanding, spirally wrapped external element to engage the core.
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GREEN-FLOWERED Helleborine (epipactis phyllanthes) Leaves: Shorter, broader; brighter green; spirally arranged up stem; held horizontally.
a green, spirally arranged scape bract area, from whose axils spikes originate, (it is its 4-7 existing at the different examples), 3.
each with many individual florets arranged spirally. This spiral shape of the florets describes a Fibonacci mathematical series, one ill which each number is the sum of the two previous numbers.
Data from multiple sources--class observations, teacher and student interviews, and documents--were constantly compared, and developmentally and spirally analyzed.
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Cincinnati Extrusion has entered into a partnership with the German manufacturer Bauku to supply extrusion lines for spirally wound pipes.
There are scored lines running spirally around the body of the mug which have caught the extra-fluxed coloured patches of glaze as they moved downwards by gravity during the firing.