Definition of Coil

1. Noun. A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops. "A coil of rope"

Exact synonyms: Helix, Spiral, Volute, Whorl
Specialized synonyms: Hank
Generic synonyms: Construction, Structure
Derivative terms: Helical, Spiral, Volute

2. Verb. To wind or move in a spiral course. "The young people gyrated on the dance floor"
Exact synonyms: Gyrate, Spiral
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Gyration, Spiral, Spiral

3. Noun. A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals).
Exact synonyms: Curl, Curlicue, Gyre, Ringlet, Roll, Scroll, Whorl
Specialized synonyms: Corolla, Calyx, Verticil
Generic synonyms: Round Shape
Derivative terms: Curl, Curl, Curl, Roll, Roll, Roll

4. Verb. Make without a potter's wheel. "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"
Exact synonyms: Hand-build, Handbuild
Generic synonyms: Forge, Form, Mold, Mould, Shape, Work

5. Noun. A transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine.
Generic synonyms: Transformer

6. Verb. Wind around something in coils or loops. "The wires coil around the stick"
Exact synonyms: Curl, Loop
Generic synonyms: Roll, Twine, Wind, Wrap
Antonyms: Uncoil
Derivative terms: Curl, Loop

7. Noun. A contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb.

8. Noun. Tubing that is wound in a spiral.
Specialized synonyms: Condenser
Generic synonyms: Tube, Tubing

9. Noun. Reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit.

Definition of Coil

1. v. t. To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing.

2. v. i. To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; -- often with about or around.

3. n. A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound.

4. n. A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion.

Definition of Coil

1. Noun. Something wound in the form of a helix or spiral. ¹

2. Noun. Common name for any intra-uterine contraceptive device (Abbreviation: ''IUD'')—the first IUDs were coil-shaped. ¹

3. Noun. (context: electrical) A coil of electrically conductive wire through which electricity can flow. ¹

4. Verb. To wind or reel e.g. a wire or rope into regular rings, often around a centerpiece. ¹

5. Verb. To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center. ¹

6. Noun. (context: now obsolete except in phrases) A noise, tumult, bustle, or turmoil. ¹

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Definition of Coil

1. to wind in even rings [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Coil

1. 1. A spiral or series of loops. 2. An object made of wire wound in a spiral configuration, used in electronic applications, or a loop of wire used as an antenna. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Coil

coign of vantage
coil (current term)
coil gland
coil gun
coil spring
coil up
coil winder

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