What does COIL mean?

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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

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

  8. Origin: [OF. coillir, F. cueillir, to collect, gather together, L. coligere; col- + legere to gather. See Legend, and cf. Cull, v. t., Collect.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coil

    koil, v.t. to wind in rings as a rope, a serpent, &c.: to twist: to entangle.—v.i. to twist one's self.—n. a rope which has been gathered into rings: one of the rings into which a rope is gathered: a wire wound spirally to conduct electricity.—Coil up, of a serpent, to get into a position for springing: to gather into a ball. [O. Fr. coillir (Fr. cueillir)—L. colligĕrecol, together, legĕre, to gather.]

  2. Coil

    koil, n. tumult: hubbub: noise: fuss.—Mortal coil, the toil and trouble of human life. [Der. unknown; prob. Celt.; Gael. and Ir. goill, war.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of COIL in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of COIL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Salem Police Lieutenant Steve Burr:

    This was a new one for me, i had to look up Tesla coil on Wikipedia this morning.

  2. George Whelton:

    The resounding echo of the mortal coil, echoes in the ears of those who are unprepared for it. To some, it sounds like a symphony - to others, a death toll.

  3. Edith Wharton:

    I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie.

  4. Carolyn Brockington:

    The more newer approach is an endovascular approach using an angiogram. They go into the balloon itself and fill the balloon with small coil so blood can’t go into the balloon, and therefore the aneurysm deflates.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    To die, to sleep --To sleep, perchance to dream, ay there's the rub,For in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause there's the respectThat makes calamity of so long life.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ملف, وشيعةArabic
  • намотка, намотавам, навивам, спирала, бобина, навивкаBulgarian
  • cívkaCzech
  • Spule, Windung, Wickel, Spirale, RolleGerman
  • σπείρα, κουλουριάζω, περιελίσσω, κουλούρα, περισπειρώ, κολπικό διάφραγμα, θόρυβος, πηνίοGreek
  • DIU, espiral, bobina, héliceSpanish
  • mähis, spiraal, keerd, poolEstonian
  • kierukka, kiertää, vyyhti, vyyhtiä, kela, käämiä, keriä, käämiFinnish
  • enbobiner, bobine, spire, stérilet, enroulerFrench
  • lùbScottish Gaelic
  • կոճArmenian
  • verri, spóla, spírallIcelandic
  • spirale, bobinaItalian
  • סלילHebrew
  • コイル, 渦状, とぐろ, 螺旋Japanese
  • ritulisLatvian
  • pōkaiMāori
  • opwinden, spoel, veer, spiraal, oprollen, rumoerDutch
  • zwój, cewkaPolish
  • DIU, enrolar, bobina, cordaPortuguese
  • шпулька, катушка, внутриматочная спираль, хлопоты, свёртывать, кольцо, суета, наматывать, виток, суматоха, спираль, шум, бобина, беспорядокRussian
  • tuljavaSlovene
  • spoleSwedish

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