Definitions for COILkɔɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to wind into continuous rings one above the other or one around the other.

  2. to gather (rope, wire, etc.) into loops:

    Coil the garden hose and hang it up.

  3. (v.i.)to form rings, spirals, etc.

  4. to follow a winding course.

  5. (n.)a series of spirals or rings into which something is wound:

    a coil of rope.

  6. a single such ring.

  7. an arrangement of pipes, coiled or in a series, as in a radiator.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. a continuous pipe having inlet and outlet, or flow and return ends.

    Category: Building Trades

  9. Category: Medicine

    Ref: intrauterine device.

  10. an electrical conductor, as a copper wire, wound up in a spiral or other form. a device composed essentially of such a conductor.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism, Automotive

  11. a stamp issued in a rolled strip, usu. perforated vertically or horizontally only.

    Category: Philately

Origin of coil:

1605–15; perh. var. of cull


  1. a noisy disturbance; commotion.

  2. trouble; ado.

Origin of coil:

1560–70; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix(noun)

    a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

    "a coil of rope"

  2. coil, whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll(noun)

    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

  3. coil(noun)

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

  4. coil(noun)

    a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

  5. coil(noun)

    tubing that is wound in a spiral

  6. coil(verb)

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

  7. gyrate, spiral, coil(verb)

    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"

  8. handbuild, hand-build, coil(verb)

    make without a potter's wheel

    "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"

  9. coil, loop, curl(verb)

    wind around something in coils or loops

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. coil(noun)ɔɪl

    a long piece of sth wound into a spiral

    a coil of wire/rope

  2. coil(verb)ɔɪl

    to form or make into a coil

    a snake coiled around a tree branch; to coil the rope

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coil(verb)

    to wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing

  2. Coil(verb)

    to encircle and hold with, or as with, coils

  3. Coil(verb)

    to wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; -- often with about or around

  4. Coil(noun)

    a ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound

  5. Coil(noun)

    fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity

  6. Coil(noun)

    a series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a steam heating apparatus

  7. Coil(noun)

    a noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion


  1. Coil

    An electromagnetic coil is formed when a conductor is wound around a core or form to create an inductor or electromagnet. When electricity is passed through a coil, it generates a magnetic field. One loop of wire is usually referred to as a turn or a winding, and a coil consists of one or more turns. For use in an electronic circuit, electrical connection terminals called taps are often connected to a coil. Coils are often coated with varnish or wrapped with insulating tape to provide additional insulation and secure them in place. A completed coil assembly with one or more set of coils and taps is often called the windings. Windings are used in transformers, electric motors, inductors, solenoids loudspeakers, and many other applications.

Translations for COIL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a length of something wound into a loop or loops

a coil of rope; a coil of hair.

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