Meaning of COIL in English


I. ˈkȯi(-ə)l noun

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1567

1. : turmoil

2. : trouble ; also : everyday cares and worries

when we have shuffled off this mortal coil — Shakespeare

II. verb

Etymology: French coillir, cuillir to gather — more at cull

Date: 1611

transitive verb

1. : to wind into rings or spirals

coil a rope

2. : to roll or twist into a shape resembling a coil

coil ed herself up on the couch

intransitive verb

1. : to move in a circular or spiral course

2. : to form or lie in a coil

• coil·abil·i·ty ˌkȯi-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

III. noun

Date: 1661



(1) : a series of loops

(2) : spiral

b. : a single loop of such a coil


a. : a number of turns of wire wound around a core (as of iron) to create a magnetic field for an electromagnet or an induction coil

b. : induction coil

3. : a series of connected pipes in rows, layers, or windings

4. : a roll of postage stamps ; also : a stamp from such a roll

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.