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coil

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[koil]
verb (used with object)
  1. to wind into continuous, regularly spaced rings one above the other: to coil a wire around a pencil.
  2. to wind on a flat surface into rings one around the other: He coiled the rope on the deck.
  3. to gather (rope, wire, etc.) into loops: She coiled the garden hose and hung it on the hook.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to form rings, spirals, etc.; gather or retract in a circular way: The snake coiled, ready to strike.
  2. to move in or follow a winding course: The river coiled through the valley.
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noun
  1. a connected series of spirals or rings into which a rope or the like is wound.
  2. a single such ring.
  3. an arrangement of pipes, coiled or in a series, as in a radiator.
  4. a continuous pipe having inlet and outlet, or flow and return ends.
  5. Medicine/Medical. an intrauterine device.
  6. Electricity.
    1. a conductor, as a copper wire, wound up in a spiral or other form.
    2. a device composed essentially of such a conductor.
    3. ignition coil.
  7. Philately.
    1. a stamp issued in a roll, usually of 500 stamps, and usually perforated vertically or horizontally only.
    2. a roll of such stamps.
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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
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Related Words for coiling

braid, tendril, convolute, twine, convolution, lap, ring, twirl, spiral, scroll, twist, turn, bight, gyration, whorl, wind, circle, roll, loop, involution

Examples from the Web for coiling

Historical Examples of coiling

  • They were overhauling and coiling down what looked like a long rubber hose.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • Looking round, I saw the Englishman engaged in coiling a rope close to me.

    In the Days of Drake

    J. S. Fletcher

  • He went near to her, and crouched down, coiling his blue neck.

    Wintry Peacock

    D. H. Lawrence

  • "That will come in useful," Garcia said, coiling it up on his arm.

  • The coiling and management of the warp was of the utmost importance.

    All Afloat

    William Wood


British Dictionary definitions for coiling

coil

1
verb
  1. to wind or gather (ropes, hair, etc) into loops or (of rope, hair, etc) to be formed in such loops
  2. (intr) to move in a winding course
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noun
  1. something wound in a connected series of loops
  2. a single loop of such a series
  3. an arrangement of pipes in a spiral or loop, as in a condenser
  4. 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
  5. an intrauterine contraceptive device in the shape of a coil
  6. the transformer in a petrol engine that supplies the high voltage to the sparking plugs
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Derived Formscoiler, noun

Word Origin for coil

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

coil

2
noun
  1. the troubles and activities of the world (in the Shakespearean phrase this mortal coil)
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Word Origin for coil

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for coiling

coil

v.

"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.

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coil

n.

1620s, from coil (v.). Related: Coils.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper