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coil

noun \ ˈkȯi(-ə)l \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of coil

1 :turmoil
2 :trouble; also :everyday cares and worries
  • when we have shuffled off this mortal coil
  • —William Shakespeare

Origin and Etymology of coil

origin unknown


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coil

verb

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

coilability

play \ˌkȯi-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of coil in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of coil

French coillir, cuillir to gather — more at cull


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coil

noun

Definition of coil

plural coils
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
3 :a series of connected pipes in rows, layers, or windings
4 :a roll of postage stamps; also :a stamp from such a roll
5 medical :intrauterine device
  • That means no condoms, no pills, no coils or sterilization …
  • —Christine M. Flowers
  • The IUD or 'coil' is a small plastic (or plastic and copper) device, not much longer than a match, which is placed inside your womb, where it prevents you from getting pregnant. It's often called a 'coil' because most of the original IUDs were coil-shaped.
  • —David Delvin

First Known Use of coil

1661

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COIL Defined for English Language Learners

coil

verb

Definition of coil for English Language Learners

  • : to wind (something) into circles


COIL Defined for Kids

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coil

noun \ ˈkȯil \

Definition of coil for Students

1 :a circle, a series of circles, or a spiral made by coiling
2 :a long thin piece of material that is wound into circles

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coil

verb

Definition of coil for Students

coiled; coiling
1 :to wind into rings or a spiral
  • coil a rope
2 :to form or lie in a coil
  • The cat coiled up before the fireplace.

Medical Dictionary

coil

noun \ ˈkȯi(ə)l \

medical Definition of coil



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