verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
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Origin of coil1
OTHER WORDS FROM coilcoil·a·ble, adjectivecoil·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·coiled, adjective
Definition for coil (2 of 2)
Origin of coil2
Example sentences from the Web for coil
Like a Jack in the Box just sprung from coiled captivity, he begins rambling excitedly.
Other models, such as string theory, propose more dimensions, but those are coiled up too small to be seen.
The painting, packed mysteriously with a kind of coiled energy, is itself a little like a bomb about to go off.Face to Face With ‘The Goldfinch,’ the Painting from Donna Tartt’s Novel|Malcolm Jones|December 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Each sentence is like a viper, coiled in on itself and ready to bite.American Dreams, 1943: 'Two Serious Ladies' by Jane Bowles|Nathaniel Rich|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Where Citrus County felt like a coiled spring, the pace of A Million Heavens is sedate, diffused among a dozen or so characters.3 Must-Read Offbeat Novels: ‘A Million Heavens,’ ‘The Investigation,’ ‘Office Girl’|Drew Toal, Kevin Canfield, Daniel Roberts|July 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Between his outspread feet, a dog was coiled up, the only indifferent individual present, apparently unconcerned upon the subject.The Humors of Falconbridge|Jonathan F. Kelley
Another brother was deeply absorbed in snipping off bits of coiled brass wire with a pair of pincers.Spanish Vistas|George Parsons Lathrop
A genus of tube-inhabiting Annelides, in which the shelly tube is coiled into a spiral disc.The Ancient Life History of the Earth|Henry Alleyne Nicholson
Tom went aft to light the fire, while I coiled away and made all snug forward.Jacob Faithful|Captain Frederick Marryat
The string of pearls was coiled up in the midst of the roll of soiled muslin and the badge was pinned to one of the folds.The Red Year|Louis Tracy