Meaning of COAL in English


— coalless , adj.

/kohl/ , n.

1. a black or dark-brown combustible mineral substance consisting of carbonized vegetable matter, used as a fuel. Cf. anthracite, bituminous coal, lignite .

2. a piece of glowing, charred, or burned wood or other combustible substance.

3. charcoal (def. 1).

4. heap coals of fire on someone's head , to repay evil with good in order to make one's enemy repent.

5. rake, haul, drag, call , or take over the coals , to reprimand; scold: They were raked over the coals for turning out slipshod work.


6. to burn to coal or charcoal.

7. to provide with coal.


8. to take in coal for fuel.

[ bef. 900; ME cole, OE col; c. D kool, G Kohle, ON kol ]

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