Spiral vs Writhe - What's the difference?

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Spiral is a related term of writhe.

As nouns the difference between spiral and writhe

is that spiral is spiral while writhe is (knot theory) the number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot.

As a verb writhe is

to twist, to wring (something).



(wikipedia spiral)


(en noun)
  • (geometry) A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
  • (informal) A helix.
  • A self-sustaining process with a lot of momentum involved, so it is difficult to accelerate or stop it at once.
  • Derived terms

    * death spiral * downward spiral * graveyard spiral * spiral staircase * upward spiral


  • Helical, like a spiral
  • Verb

  • To move along the path of a spiral or helix.
  • The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.
  • (figuratively) To increase continually.
  • Her debts were spiralling out of control.


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  • To twist, to wring (something).
  • To contort (a part of the body).
  • *, II.17:
  • *:Cicero (as I remember) had gotten a custome to wryth his nose, which signifieth a naturall scoffer.
  • To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 1, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Everton 0-2 Liverpool , passage=The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool's players- Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony - but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.}} (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • (knot theory) The number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot
  • Anagrams

    * whiter * wither