- 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.
Several coils of ribbon.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle 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: Early Modern English ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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- 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.
- 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: Probably from obsolete French coillir, to gather up, from Latin colligere; see Collect 1.
- coilˈer noun
Origin: Origin unknown.