coil


1coil

noun \ˈki(-ə)l\

Definition of COIL

1
:  turmoil
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

2coil

verb

: to wind (something) into circles

Full Definition of COIL

transitive verb
1
:  to wind into rings or spirals <coil a rope>
2
:  to roll or twist into a shape resembling a coil <coiled herself up on the couch>
intransitive verb
1
:  to move in a circular or spiral course
2
:  to form or lie in a coil
coil·abil·i·ty \ˌki-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

Rhymes with COIL

3coil

noun

Definition of COIL

1
a (1) :  a series of loops (2) :  spiral
b :  a single loop of such a coil
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
:  a series of connected pipes in rows, layers, or windings
4
:  a roll of postage stamps; also :  a stamp from such a roll

First Known Use of COIL

1661

Other Electrical Engineering Terms

feedback, fuse, incandescent, noise, resonance

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