verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- coal ball,
- coal car,
- coal cutter,
- coal field,
- coal gas
Origin of coal
Examples from the Web for coal
Good governance would mean sticks and coal for too many of our favorite politicians.
Life can be tough in West Virginia, especially for the hardworking souls of coal country.
The aforementioned stories may very well be legitimate, but let's consider them a sort of canary in the coal mine.Brace Yourself: October Election Surprises Surely on the Way|Matt Lewis|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of Taylor Swift's many famous boyfriends: "She has seen more shafts than a coal miner."Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'|Tim Teeman|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But by 1974, the coal that had made the island so profitable ran dry, and gas had become the most sought after fuel source.
I didn't say nothin' about the gold, but made believe I was huntin' coal.The Boy With the U.S. Miners|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
For the motive power of the Plymouth was not furnished by coal.The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets|Robert L. Drake
Coal is really stored-up sunlight and the locomotive, devouring it, is devouring sunlight.Insect Adventures|J. Henri Fabre
Each one bore upon his back an enormous Chimera, as heavy as a bag of flour or coal, or the accoutrements of a Roman soldier.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4|Charles Dudley Warner
But above all is she rich in mechanical power—water-power and coal.The Panama Canal|J. Saxon Mills
Word Origin for coal
Old English col "charcoal, live coal," from Proto-Germanic *kula(n) (cf. Old Frisian kole, Middle Dutch cole, Dutch kool, Old High German chol, German Kohle, Old Norse kol), from PIE root *g(e)u-lo- "live coal" (cf. Irish gual "coal").
Meaning "mineral consisting of fossilized carbon" is from mid-13c. First mentioned (370 B.C.E.) by Theophrastus in his treatise "On Stones" under the name lithos anthrakos (see anthrax). Traditionally good luck, coal was given as a New Year's gift in England, said to guarantee a warm hearth for the coming year. The phrase drag (or rake) over the coals was a reference to the treatment meted out to heretics by Christians. To carry coals "do dirty work," also "submit to insult" is from 1520s. To carry coals to Newcastle (c.1600) Anglicizes Greek glauk eis Athenas "owls to Athens."
see carry coals to Newcastle; rake over the coals.