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Verb: coil  koyl
  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";
    - gyrate, spiral
  2. Make without a potter's wheel
    "This famous potter coils all of her vessels";
    - handbuild, hand-build
  3. Wind around something in coils or loops
    - loop, curl
Noun: coil  koyl
  1. A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
    "a coil of rope";
    - spiral, volute, whorl, helix
  2. A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    - whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll
  3. A transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a petrol engine
  4. A contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb
  5. Tubing that is wound in a spiral
  6. Reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

Derived forms: coiled, coiling, coils

Type of: birth control device, construction, contraceptive, contraceptive device, forge, form, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], preventative, preventive, prophylactic device, reactor, roll, round shape, shape, structure, transformer, tube, tubing, turn, twine, wind[2], work, wrap

Encyclopedia: Coil, Charles