- 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 coiling
They were overhauling and coiling down what looked like a long rubber hose.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Looking round, I saw the Englishman engaged in coiling a rope close to me.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
He went near to her, and crouched down, coiling his blue neck.Wintry Peacock
D. H. Lawrence
"That will come in useful," Garcia said, coiling it up on his arm.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
The coiling and management of the warp was of the utmost importance.All Afloat
- 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 coiling
"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.