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Meaning & Definition of Coil in English

English

Coil

/kɔɪl/

noun

1. A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

  • "A coil of rope"
    synonym:
  • coil
  • ,
  • spiral
  • ,
  • volute
  • ,
  • whorl
  • ,
  • helix

2. A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

    synonym:
  • coil
  • ,
  • whorl
  • ,
  • roll
  • ,
  • curl
  • ,
  • curlicue
  • ,
  • ringlet
  • ,
  • gyre
  • ,
  • scroll

3. A transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine

    synonym:
  • coil

4. A contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

    synonym:
  • coil

5. Tubing that is wound in a spiral

    synonym:
  • coil

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

    synonym:
  • coil

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • gyrate
  • ,
  • spiral
  • ,
  • coil

2. Make without a potter's wheel

  • "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"
    synonym:
  • handbuild
  • ,
  • hand-build
  • ,
  • coil

3. Wind around something in coils or loops

    synonym:
  • coil
  • ,
  • loop
  • ,
  • curl