- 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
- a noisy disturbance; commotion; tumult.
- trouble; bustle; ado.
Origin of coil2
Related Words for coilbraid, tendril, convolute, twine, convolution, lap, ring, twirl, spiral, scroll, twist, turn, bight, gyration, whorl, wind, circle, roll, loop, involution
Examples from the Web for coil
Contemporary Examples of coil
Dabbing wax on the coil or using hash oil on the wick also works.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
In last summer's protests, that third began to coil the revolutionary energy of its frustrated expectations.Kadima—Just Trying to Go Home
July 17, 2012
She was dressed in a cigarette skirt that surrounded her hips like a spring coil.Paris Fashion Week Kicks Off
October 1, 2011
Historical Examples of coil
It is a blessing that a rattlesnake has to coil before it can spring.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Into the cockpit, splashing, something dropped—a coil of rope.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Here he sat down on a coil of rope, and thought over the situation.A Woman Intervenes
There were only a Ruhmkorff coil and Crookes (vacuum) tube and the man himself.
“Here,” he said, leading the way into the room where the coil stood.
- 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
Word Origin for coil
- the troubles and activities of the world (in the Shakespearean phrase this mortal coil)
Word Origin for coil
"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.