Meaning of COIL in English


coil 1

— coilable , adj. — coilability , n.

/koyl/ , v.t.

1. to wind into continuous, regularly spaced rings one above the other: to coil a wire around a pencil.

2. to wind on a flat surface into rings one around the other: He coiled the rope on the deck.

3. to gather (rope, wire, etc.) into loops: She coiled the garden hose and hung it on the hook.


4. to form rings, spirals, etc.; gather or retract in a circular way: The snake coiled, ready to strike.

5. to move in or follow a winding course: The river coiled through the valley.


6. a connected series of spirals or rings into which a rope or the like is wound.

7. a single such ring.

8. an arrangement of pipes, coiled or in a series, as in a radiator.

9. a continuous pipe having inlet and outlet, or flow and return ends.

10. Med. an intrauterine device.

11. Elect.

a. a conductor, as a copper wire, wound up in a spiral or other form.

b. a device composed essentially of such a conductor.

c. See ignition coil .

12. Philately.

a. a stamp issued in a roll, usually of 500 stamps, and usually perforated vertically or horizontally only.

b. a roll of such stamps.

[ 1605-15; perh. var. of CULL ]

coil 2

/koyl/ , n.

1. a noisy disturbance; commotion; tumult.

2. trouble; bustle; ado.

[ 1560-70; orig. uncert. ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .