a connected series of spirals or rings that rope, wire, or the like has been formed into: A coil of string was wound around the pole.
one of a connected series of spirals or rings that rope, wire, or the like has been formed into: Grab the first coil of the yarn and slip it over the other two.
an arrangement of pipes wound up in a spiral or series, as in a radiator.
a continuous pipe having inlet and outlet, or flow and return ends.
Medicine/Medical. an intrauterine device.
a conductor, such as a copper wire, wound up in a spiral or similar form.
a device made up of this type of conductor.
a stamp issued in a roll, usually of 500 stamps, and usually perforated vertically or horizontally only.
a roll of such stamps.
to wind into continuous, regularly spaced rings one above the other: The first step of this craft is to coil a wire around a pencil.
to wind on a flat surface into a connected series of rings, one atop 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.
- coil·a·ble, adjective
- coil·a·bil·i·ty [koil-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌkɔɪl əˈbɪl ɪ ti/ noun
- un·coiled, adjective
Other definitions for coil (2 of 2)
a noisy disturbance; commotion; tumult.
trouble; bustle; ado.
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How to use coil in a sentence
A wireless signal can be sent that creates a current in a coil surrounding the pin, affecting its magnetic field and dropping the gadget.
Internal air chambers simulate traditional coils, and a double-lock valve helps keep air from escaping, and the convenient two-pack makes for an economic option when outfitting a family.Air mattresses for people who love to entertain and travel | PopSci Commerce Team | September 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
This mattress gets high marks for its double-height construction and the 40 internal air chambers in the top of the mattress that simulate the individual coils of a traditional mattress.Air mattresses for people who love to entertain and travel | PopSci Commerce Team | September 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
Each notebook is bound with a spiral lock coil binding that helps prevent the coils from catching on other things in your backpack.
That change in the magnetic field around the coil generates an electric current that also can be used to power the device.A Game Boy look-alike runs on solar panels and button smashes | Maria Temming | September 15, 2020 | Science News
ABC had effectively removed the launching coil on its Modern Family springboard.
Dabbing wax on the coil or using hash oil on the wick also works.
With time I learned to disassemble the entire hotpot and mount the heating coil on a roast beef can with a whole punched in it.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison | Daniel Genis | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the other far end of the spectrum, admittedly, is the idea that our first president might have unsprung the mortal coil.
The people of his auto-erotic novel Crash coil sex, death, and the motor car, a megadose of pleasure brew.
Over this spot he twisted all the remaining hair into a coil about four inches long, pointing slightly forward like a horn.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
No matter what Jessie did to the tuning coil she could not bring that strangely broadcasted message back to their ears.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Amy adjusted the earphones while her friend manipulated the slides on the tuning coil.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
She adjusted it, sticking the hat pin through the heavy coil of hair with some deliberation.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
“No visitors allowed aboard,” replied Mr Welton sternly; catching up, nevertheless, a coil of rope.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for coil (1 of 2)
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 field: See 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
- coiler, noun
British Dictionary definitions for coil (2 of 2)
the troubles and activities of the world (in the Shakespearean phrase this mortal coil)
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