[ kohl ]
/ koʊl /
verb (used with object)
to burn to coal or charcoal.
to provide with coal.
verb (used without object)
to take in coal for fuel.
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Idioms for coal
heap coals of fire on someone's head, to repay evil with good in order to make one's enemy repent.
rake / haul / drag / call / take over the coals, to reprimand; scold: They were raked over the coals for turning out slipshod work.
Origin of coal
before 900; Middle English cole,Old English col; cognate with Dutch kool,German Kohle,Old Norse kol
OTHER WORDS FROM coalcoalless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coal
/ (kəʊl) /
one or more lumps of coal
short for charcoal
coals to Newcastle something supplied where it is already plentiful
haul someone over the coals to reprimand someone
to take in, provide with, or turn into coal
Derived forms of coalcoaly, adjective
Word Origin for coal
Old English col; related to Old Norse kol, Old High German kolo, Old Irish gūal
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Scientific definitions for coal
[ kōl ]
A dark-brown to black solid substance formed from the compaction and hardening of fossilized plant parts in the presence of water and in the absence of air. Carbonaceous material accounts for more than 50 percent of coal's weight and more than 70 percent of its volume. Coal is widely used as a fuel, and its combustion products are used as raw material for a variety of products including cement, asphalt, wallboard and plastics. See more at anthracite bituminous coal lignite.
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Idioms and Phrases with coal
see carry coals to Newcastle; rake over the coals.
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