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coil

noun (n)

  • a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: helix, spiral, volute, whorl
    Example:
    A coil of rope.
    source: wordnet30
  • a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals) (noun.shape)
    source: wordnet30
  • a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • tubing that is wound in a spiral (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • to wind or move in a spiral course (verb.motion)
    Synonym: gyrate, spiral
    Example:
    The muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action.
    Black smoke coiling up into the sky.
    source: wordnet30
  • make without a potter's wheel (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • wind around something in coils or loops (verb.contact)
    Synonym: curl, loop
    Antonym: uncoil
    source: wordnet30
  • To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; -- often with about or around. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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