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

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Origin of coil

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

OTHER WORDS FROM coil

coil·a·ble, adjectivecoil·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·coiled, adjective

Definition for coil (2 of 2)

coil2
[ 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 (1 of 2)

coil1
/ (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 forms of coil

coiler, noun

Word Origin for coil

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

British Dictionary definitions for coil (2 of 2)

coil2
/ (kɔɪl) /

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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