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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a coil of wire
▪ The coil of barbed wire will be used for a fence.
a snake coils itself around sth
▪ The snake coiled itself around the branch.
induction coil
shuffled off this mortal coil (=died)
▪ when Hubbard shuffled off this mortal coil
mortal coil
▪ Morse and Meldrew both shuffled off this mortal coil and the telly world is diminished by their passing.
▪ Times had certainly changed since he had shuffled off the old mortal coil.
▪ A student discovered the 12-foot python coiled in a corner of the classroom.
▪ Wrap the bar with heavy string, coiling it tightly for safety.
▪ As she hurried to grab a taxi to the hotel she could feel her stomach coiling into knots of dread.
▪ He bumbled around for a bit, trying to coil up the string and push the wood into tidy heaps.
▪ He stood for a while watching the headlights coil down the canyon road.
▪ It took a minute to turn the handle 60 times and fully coil the spring.
▪ Quickly coiling the bow line, he raised the main, then back to the cockpit.
▪ Rachel didn't like the tension coiling in her stomach at the thought of that.
▪ Times had certainly changed since he had shuffled off the old mortal coil.
▪ Morse and Meldrew both shuffled off this mortal coil and the telly world is diminished by their passing.
▪ The other acts as a pickup coil producing a voltage proportional to the rate of change of magnetic flux linking it.
▪ The signals generated in the pickup coils are not neat rectangular pulses although their amplitudes very with the external field.
▪ The voltage induced in the pickup coil by this waveform is directly proportional to the rate of change of magnetic induction.
▪ The finished transducer includes a second pickup coil at right angles to the first.
▪ Morse and Meldrew both shuffled off this mortal coil and the telly world is diminished by their passing.
▪ There should be frost all over the freezer coil.
▪ Condenser coils are the tubes under or behind the refrigerator that carry coolant to the refrigeration unit.
▪ Ever use one of those coils around Halloween time?
▪ I pinned the braids in a coil on top of the waved cap of hair.
▪ It is linked to the magnetic field of the transmitted wave - not the turns of the coil.
▪ Massive coils atop the building hissed and cracked through the day, but the doors never opened.
▪ The snake wrapped its coils around her.
▪ Twist the wire round the foot so that it sits tightly, forming a protective coil around the tubular feet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Coil \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.


Coil \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 \Coil\, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. goil fume, rage.] A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion. [Obs.]


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.

  2. To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils. [Obs. or R.]
    --T. Edwards.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to wind," 1610s, from Middle French coillir "to gather, pick," from Latin colligere "to gather together" (see collect). Meaning specialized perhaps in nautical usage. Related: Coiled; coiling.\n


1620s, from coil (v.). Related: Coils.\n


Etymology 1 n. 1 Something wound in the form of a helix or spiral. 2 Any intra-uterine contraceptive device (Abbreviation: ''IUD'')—the first IUDs were coil-shaped. 3 (context electrical English) A coil of electrically conductive wire through which electricity can flow. 4 (context figurative English) Entanglement; perplexity. vb. 1 To wind or reel e.g. a wire or rope into regular rings, often around a centerpiece. 2 To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center. 3 To wind cylindrically or spirally. 4 (context obsolete rare English) To encircle and hold with, or as if with, coils. Etymology 2

n. (context now obsolete except in phrases English) A noise, tumult, bustle, or turmoil.

  1. 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" [syn: gyrate, spiral]

  2. make without a potter's wheel; "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels" [syn: handbuild, hand-build]

  3. wind around something in coils or loops [syn: loop, curl] [ant: uncoil]

  1. n. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: spiral, volute, whorl, helix]

  2. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles [syn: whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll]

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

  4. a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

  5. tubing that is wound in a spiral

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

Coil (band)

Coil was an English cross-genre, experimental music group formed in 1982 by John Balance—later credited as "Jhonn Balance"—and his life partner and collaborator Peter Christopherson, aka "Sleazy". The duo worked together on a series of releases before Balance chose the name Coil, which he claimed to be inspired by the omnipresence of the coil's shape in nature. Today, Coil remains one of the most influential and best-known industrial music groups.

The group's first official release as Coil was a 1984 12" album titled How to Destroy Angels released on the Belgian Les Disques du Crépuscule's sublabel LAYLAH Antirecords. Following the 12"s success, Some Bizzare Records produced two albums, Scatology, Horse Rotorvator and Coil departed SomeBizzare Label and Produced Love's Secret Domain, which met with little commercial success, but were praised as innovative due to their blend of industrial music and acid house.

In 1985, the group began working on a series of soundtracks, amongst them music for the first Hellraiser movie based on the novel The Hellbound Heart by their acquaintance at that time, Clive Barker. The group's first live performance in 16 years occurred in 1999, and began a series of mini-tours that would last until 2004. Following the death of John Balance on 13 November 2004, Christopherson announced via their official record label website Threshold House that Coil as an entity had ceased to exist.

Coil (album)

Coil is an album by Toad the Wet Sprocket released in 1997. It is their fifth studio album, and the final one before the band broke up in 1998. As with previous albums, Coil was released under the Columbia Records label and produced by Gavin MacKillop.

This album has been praised by some as the band's most mature album. It combines themes explored in all of their previous albums - including love, spirituality and the virtues of an uncomplicated life - and it continues the straightforward rock sound found in Dulcinea. One song from the album, " Come Down", hit the Billboard Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock Charts, and the single "Crazy Life" explores the perceived injustices experienced by Leonard Peltier. "Whatever I Fear" was also released as a single but failed to chart with poor backing from Columbia Records; thus in turn, the planned fourth single "Dam Would Break" was never released.


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Coil (chemistry)

A coil, in chemistry, is a tube, frequently in spiral form, used commonly to cool steam originating from a distillation and thus to condense it in liquid form. Usually it is of copper or another material that conducts heat easily. Coils are often used in chemical processes in batch reaction or mixing tank as internal source of heat transfer.

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Coil (hieroglyph)

The coil hieroglyph is used in the Ancient Egyptian language hieroglyphs as an equivalent for the Quail chick (hieroglyph), but is also used in other word constructions, probably for the balance of the hieroglyph composition block. The coil as well as the quail chick are used for the alphabetic vowel letter w, (or u). Because 'w' is not a "vowel", the use is often in the form of 'woo' for the w, and 'oo' for the u.

Usage examples of "coil".

But they had come in on the space drive, and had gotten fairly close before the gravitational field had drained the power from the main coil, and it was not until the space field had broken that they had started to accelerate toward the star.

There a snake was poised, not coiled, not menacing to strike, simply waiting, with round head alift and trembling tongue.

Bending over Shadamehr, Alise looked into his face, and fear coiled around her heart, squeezed it so that she very nearly stopped breathing.

Springs, alembics, coils of copper tubing, buckled sheets of metal, gear systems both rack-and-pinion and epicyclic, pendulums, levers, cams, cranks, differentials, bearings, pulleys, assorted tools, and stone jars containing alkahest and corrosive substances crowded every horizontal surface.

In the mirror Ilna saw what the men saw: an ammonite whose coiled shell filled the room.

The molds and deckles are neatly stacked, coils of armature wire sit untouched by the table.

We had descended a coiling staircase of carven alabaster and were about to enter a long, high-roofed corridor lined with an honor guard of bejeweled and beplumed Laonese chivalry, when I stopped short, my gaze caught by a most imposing monument.

Under the picture, a lock of tightly coiled blond hair was secured beneath a beveled crystal.

He held a palm-size machine with a coil of wire looping from it out in front of him, the debugger bleeping every ten seconds.

I yanked the rest of the line over the wall, and hastened across the Boody grounds, coiling it as I went, the gun a hard lump between belt and belly.

Derek Burdon found her fully dressed, her hair in neatly plaited coils behind and netted fringe in front.

He bent the flexible coil so that it passed into a large calabash sawed in half, and out, through a watertight joint, after a dozen turns.

The lid of the kettle was of heavy cast iron, and fitted tightly, but McCoy now plastered it about with clay before he filled his sawn calabash with water and stood a pewter half-pint on a rock, where it would catch the drip from the coil.

Bonden, with a coil of one-inch line over his shoulder, and by Calamy, who was obviously giving advice, begging them to take care, to watch where he was putting his feet, and not to look down.

After a lot of jiggling, a fuzzy dot centered itself, grew in size, and sharpened into the image of a feathery coil of light with a golden yolk at the center.