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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --Longfellow. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coil  \Coil\,  n.  [Of  Celtic  origin;  cf  Gael.  goil  fume,  rage.] 
  A  noise,  tumult,  bustle,  or  confusion.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coil 
  n  1:  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:  a  spiral  of  insulated  wire  that  introduces  inductance  into  a 
  circuit 
  v  1:  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  wheel;  of  pottery  [syn:  {handbuild}] 
  3:  wind  around  something  in  coils  or  loops  [syn:  {loop},  {curl}] 
  [ant:  {uncoil}] 




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