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[n] a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"
[n] reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit
[n] tubing that is wound in a spiral
[n] a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb
[n] a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine
[n] a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
[v] wind around something in coils or loops
[v] make without a wheel; of pottery
[v] 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"



Misc. Definitions

\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.
2. To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils. [Obs. or R.] --T. Edwards.
\Coil\, v. i. To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; -- often with about or around. You can see his flery serpents . . . Coiting, playing in the water. --Longfellow.
\Coil\, n.
1. A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound. The wild grapevines that twisted their coils from trec to tree. --W. Irving.
2. Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity.
3. A series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a steam heating apparatus. {Induction coil}. (Elec.) See under {Induction}. {Ruhmkorff's coil} (Elec.), an induction coil, sometimes so called from Ruhmkorff, a prominent manufacturer of the apparatus.
\Coil\, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. goil fume, rage.] A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion. [Obs.] --Shak.

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