- to wind into continuous, regularly spaced rings one above the other: to coil a wire around a pencil.
- to wind on a flat surface into rings one around the other: He coiled the rope on the deck.
- to gather (rope, wire, etc.) into loops: She coiled the garden hose and hung it on the hook.
- to form rings, spirals, etc.; gather or retract in a circular way: The snake coiled, ready to strike.
- to move in or follow a winding course: The river coiled through the valley.
- a connected series of spirals or rings into which a rope or the like is wound.
- a single such ring.
- an arrangement of pipes, coiled or in a series, as in a radiator.
- a continuous pipe having inlet and outlet, or flow and return ends.
- Medicine/Medical. an intrauterine device.
- a conductor, as a copper wire, wound up in a spiral or other form.
- a device composed essentially of such a conductor.
- ignition coil.
- a stamp issued in a roll, usually of 500 stamps, and usually perforated vertically or horizontally only.
- a roll of such stamps.
Origin of coil1
Examples from the Web for coiled
Like a Jack in the Box just sprung from coiled captivity, he begins rambling excitedly.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
Other models, such as string theory, propose more dimensions, but those are coiled up too small to be seen.Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?
Matthew R. Francis
August 31, 2014
The painting, packed mysteriously with a kind of coiled energy, is itself a little like a bomb about to go off.Face to Face With ‘The Goldfinch,’ the Painting from Donna Tartt’s Novel
December 1, 2013
Each sentence is like a viper, coiled in on itself and ready to bite.American Dreams, 1943: 'Two Serious Ladies' by Jane Bowles
May 30, 2013
Where Citrus County felt like a coiled spring, the pace of A Million Heavens is sedate, diffused among a dozen or so characters.3 Must-Read Offbeat Novels: ‘A Million Heavens,’ ‘The Investigation,’ ‘Office Girl’
Drew Toal, Kevin Canfield, Daniel Roberts
July 6, 2012
Her hair was coiled up, and she was wearing a light morning blouse.The Christian
She glided to her knees and coiled her arms about his waist, looking up at him.The Sea-Hawk
It coiled about her head in silken strands of dark richness.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
It was the invisible garment that had coiled itself about him.
It was motionless—lifeless, almost—like the coiled body that held it.
- to wind or gather (ropes, hair, etc) into loops or (of rope, hair, etc) to be formed in such loops
- (intr) to move in a winding course
- something wound in a connected series of loops
- a single loop of such a series
- an arrangement of pipes in a spiral or loop, as in a condenser
- an electrical conductor wound into the form of a spiral, sometimes with a soft iron core, to provide inductance or a magnetic fieldSee also induction coil
- an intrauterine contraceptive device in the shape of a coil
- the transformer in a petrol engine that supplies the high voltage to the sparking plugs
- the troubles and activities of the world (in the Shakespearean phrase this mortal coil)
Word Origin and History for coiled
"to wind," 1610s, from Middle French coillir "to gather, pick," from Latin colligere "to gather together" (see collect). Meaning specialized perhaps in nautical usage. Related: Coiled; coiling.
1620s, from coil (v.). Related: Coils.