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coil

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noun \ˈkȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of coil

  1. 1 :  turmoil

  2. 2 :  trouble; also :  everyday cares and worries <when we have shuffled off this mortal coil — Shakespeare>



Origin of coil

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1567


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coil

verb

Simple Definition of coil

  • : to wind (something) into circles

Full Definition of coil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wind into rings or spirals <coil a rope>

  3. 2 :  to roll or twist into a shape resembling a coil <coiled herself up on the couch>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to move in a circular or spiral course

  6. 2 :  to form or lie in a coil

coil·abil·i·ty play \ˌkȯi-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of coil

  1. She coiled the loose thread around her finger.

  2. A long scarf was coiled around her neck.

  3. The cat coiled up into a ball.

  4. The snake coiled around its prey.



Origin of coil

French coillir, cuillir to gather — more at cull


First Known Use: 1611


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coil

noun

Definition of coil

  1. 1 a (1) :  a series of loops (2) :  spiral b :  a single loop of such a coil

  2. 2 a :  a number of turns of wire wound around a core (as of iron) to create a magnetic field for an electromagnet or an induction coil b :  induction coil

  3. 3 :  a series of connected pipes in rows, layers, or windings

  4. 4 :  a roll of postage stamps; also :  a stamp from such a roll



1661

First Known Use of coil

1661

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