coil

1
[ koil ]
/ kɔɪl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. coiffured,
  2. coiffurist,
  3. coign,
  4. coign of vantage,
  5. coigne,
  6. coil spring,
  7. coiled,
  8. coimbatore,
  9. coimbra,
  10. coin

Origin of coil

1
First recorded in 1605–15; perhaps variant of cull

Related formscoil·a·ble, adjectivecoil·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·coiled, adjective

coil

2
[ koil ]
/ kɔɪl /

noun

a noisy disturbance; commotion; tumult.
trouble; bustle; ado.

Origin of coil

2
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for coil

coil

1
/ (kɔɪl) /

verb

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

noun

Derived Formscoiler, noun

Word Origin for coil

C16: from Old French coillir to collect together; see cull

noun

the troubles and activities of the world (in the Shakespearean phrase this mortal coil)

Word Origin for coil

C16: of unknown origin

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