I am looking for a word that describes the following idea:

This binder is a spiral binder that has the ability to be opened and allows one to change, add or remove sheets from the notebook.

Thus far, my best idea is "expandable spiral-binder", but it feels inaccurate and incomplete.

Suggestions are appreciated.

  • I found your title a little confusing because according to your post, you're actually asking for a way to describe an expandable spiral notebook...or it is a binder? If it's a spiral-bound binder, how can sheets be added to it? How would you hole-punch a sheet that would work with a spiral-bound binder? If it's a notebook that's pre-loaded with blank paper, like other spiral-bound notebooks, you'd rip out the pages or perhaps they're scored for neat removal but how would it be expandable? Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 16:21
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    I suspect that you mean a ring binder. As @KristinaLopez says above, a spiral bound notebook does not normally allow pages to be added (because the spiral cannot be opened, except by completely removing it.)
    – Lee Leon
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 16:53
  • Yes, I probably mean a ring binder. Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 17:14
  • This is a ring binder, this is a spiral binder. Could you clarify which you mean? Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 17:38
  • It is more of the second type; however, it is small (notebook size), but one can open it and change sheets. Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 2:09

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Consider calling them refillable spiral binders. Here are some examples, though please note that the links are to commercial offerings of that description (emphasis, mine):

  • POST Refillable Spiral Notebook - Amazon

  • Makers of Refillable Books // How to Add and Remove Pages - Komtrack

refill transitive verb: to fill again : replenish; intransitive verb: to become filled again; refillable adjective - M-W

With refillable notebooks, the meaning of refill is stretched to include the notion of adding to existing pages / leaves, not just replenishing emptied notebooks.

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    I think this is a suitable suggestion. I shall still pay attention to possible others but want to thank you! Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 0:58

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