coil


From 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.
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   2. To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils. [Obs. or R.]
      --T. Edwards.
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From 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.
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         You can see his flery serpents . . .
         Coiting, playing in the water.           --Longfellow.
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From 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.
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            The wild grapevines that twisted their coils from
            trec to tree.                         --W. Irving.
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   2. Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity.
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   3. A series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a
      steam heating apparatus.
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   Induction coil. (Elec.) See under Induction.

   Ruhmkorff's coil (Elec.), an induction coil, sometimes so
      called from Ruhmkorff, a prominent manufacturer of the
      apparatus.
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From 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.
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