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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (6)

1. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops;
- Example: "a coil of rope"
[syn: coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix]

2. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals);
[syn: coil, whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll]

3. a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine;

4. a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb;

5. tubing that is wound in a spiral;

6. reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit;


VERB (3)

1. to wind or move in a spiral course;
- Example: "the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action"
- Example: "black smoke coiling up into the sky"
- Example: "the young people gyrated on the dance floor"
[syn: gyrate, spiral, coil]

2. make without a potter's wheel;
- Example: "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"
[syn: handbuild, hand-build, coil]

3. wind around something in coils or loops;
[syn: coil, loop, curl]

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6 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coil \Coil\ (koil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coiled (koild); p. pr. & vb. n. Coiling.] [OF. coillir, F. cueillir, to collect, gather together, L. coligere; col- + legere to gather. See Legend, and cf. Cull, v. t., Collect.] 1. To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing. [1913 Webster] 2. To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils. [Obs. or R.] --T. Edwards. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coil \Coil\, v. i. To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; -- often with about or around. [1913 Webster] You can see his flery serpents . . . Coiting, playing in the water. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coil \Coil\, n. 1. A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound. [1913 Webster] The wild grapevines that twisted their coils from trec to tree. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity. [1913 Webster] 3. A series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a steam heating apparatus. [1913 Webster] Induction coil. (Elec.) See under Induction. Ruhmkorff's coil (Elec.), an induction coil, sometimes so called from Ruhmkorff, a prominent manufacturer of the apparatus. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coil \Coil\, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. goil fume, rage.] A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

coil n 1: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix] 2: a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals) [syn: coil, whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll] 3: a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine 4: a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb 5: tubing that is wound in a spiral 6: reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit v 1: to wind or move in a spiral course; "the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action"; "black smoke coiling up into the sky"; "the young people gyrated on the dance floor" [syn: gyrate, spiral, coil] 2: make without a potter's wheel; "This famous potter hand- builds all of her vessels" [syn: handbuild, hand-build, coil] 3: wind around something in coils or loops [syn: coil, loop, curl] [ant: uncoil]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "coil": bolt, braid, brouhaha, bun, chignon, circles, cirrus, coil, corkscrew, crimp, crisp, cue, curl, curlicue, entwine, enwrap, evolute, foofaraw, furore, gyre, helix, involute, kink, knot, loop, part, piece, pigtail, plait, portion, queue, rattail, revolve, ringlet, roll, rotate, ruckus, rumpus, run, screw, scroll, shindig, shindy, snake, spiral, strip, swirl, tail, tendril, topknot, turn, twine, twirl, twist, uproar, volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whorl, wind, wrap, wreathe