Several coils of ribbon.
- The definition of a coil is something rounded into a spiral or a series of such spirals.
An example of a coil is a mattress spring.
- Coil means to wind around or gather into a circular form.
An example of coil is for a snake to wrap itself around a tree.
Origin of coilMiddle English coilen, to select, cull from Old French coillir, to gather, pick from Classical Latin colligere, to gather together: see collect
- to wind around and around
- to move in a winding course
- anything wound or gathered into a series of rings or a spiral
- such a series of rings or a spiral
- a single turn of a coiled figure
- a series of connected pipes in rows or coils
- a roll of postage stamps for use in a dispenser or vending machine; also, a stamp from such a roll
- Elec. a spiral or loop of wire or other conducting element used as an inductor, heating element, etc.
Origin of coilEarly Modern English from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a. A series of connected spirals or concentric rings formed by gathering or winding: a coil of rope; long coils of hair.b. An individual spiral or ring within such a series.
- A spiral pipe or series of spiral pipes, as in a radiator.
- Electricity a. A wound spiral of two or more turns of insulated wire, used to introduce inductance into a circuit.b. Any of various devices of which such a spiral is the major component.
- A roll of postage stamps prepared for use in a vending machine.
verbcoiled, coil·ing, coils
- To wind in concentric rings or spirals.
- To wind into a shape resembling a coil.
- To form concentric rings or spirals.
- To move in a spiral course: black smoke coiling up into the sky.
Origin of coilProbably from obsolete French coillir to gather up from Latin colligere ; see collect 1.
Origin of coilOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present coils, present participle coiling, simple past and past participle coiled)
- To wind or reel e.g. a wire or rope into regular rings, often around a centerpiece.
- A simple transformer can be made by coiling two pieces of insulated copper wire around an iron heart.
- To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center.
- The sailor coiled the free end of the hawser on the pier.
- To wind cylindrically or spirally.
- to coil a rope when not in use
- The snake coiled itself before springing.
From Middle French coillir (“to gather, pluck, pick, cull”) (French: cueillir), from Latin colligo (“to gather together”), past participle collectus, from com- (“together”) + lego (“to gather”); compare legend.
- 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 162:
- this great Savage desired also to see him. A great coyle there was to set him forward.
- 1704, Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub:
- they continued so extremely fond of gold, that if Peter sent them abroad, though it were only upon a compliment, they would roar, and spit, and belch, and piss, and f—t, and snivel out fire, and keep a perpetual coil, till you flung them a bit of gold [...].