Coil meaning

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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.

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A roll of postage stamps prepared for use in a vending machine.
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To wind or gather (rope, a hose, etc.) into a circular or spiral form.
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A disturbance; a fuss.
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To move in a winding course.
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Such a series of rings or a spiral.
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A single turn of a coiled figure.
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A roll of postage stamps for use in a dispenser or vending machine; also, a stamp from such a roll.
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A spiral or loop of wire or other conducting element used as an inductor, heating element, etc.
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Commotion; turmoil.
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Something wound in the form of a helix or spiral.

The sinuous coils of a snake.

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Any intra-uterine contraceptive device (Abbreviation: IUD)—the first IUDs were coil-shaped.
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(electrical) A coil of electrically conductive wire through which electricity can flow.
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(figuratively) Entanglement; perplexity.
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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.

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To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center.

The sailor coiled the free end of the hawser on the pier.

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To wind cylindrically or spirally.

To coil a rope when not in use.

The snake coiled itself before springing.

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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.

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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 [...].

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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.

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A spiral pipe or series of spiral pipes, as in a radiator.
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To wind in concentric rings or spirals.
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To wind into a shape resembling a coil.
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To form concentric rings or spirals.
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To move in a spiral course.

Black smoke coiling up into the sky.

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To wind around and around.
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Anything wound or gathered into a series of rings or a spiral.
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A series of connected pipes in rows or coils.
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Origin of coil

  • Probably from obsolete French coillir to gather up from Latin colligere collect1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary