coil ( coils plural & 3rd person present) ( coiling present participle) ( coiled past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A coilof rope or wire is a length of it that has been wound into a series of loops.
oft N of n
Tod shook his head angrily and slung the coil of rope over his shoulder..., The steel arrives at the factory in coils.
2 n-count A coil is one loop in a series of loops.
Pythons kill by tightening their coils so that their victim cannot breathe.
3 n-count A coil is a thick spiral of wire through which an electrical current passes.
4 n-count The coil is a contraceptive device used by women. It is fitted inside a woman's womb, usually for several months or years.
usu the N in sing
5 verb If you coil something, you wind it into a series of loops or into the shape of a ring. If it coilsaround something, it forms loops or a ring.
He turned off the water and began to coil the hose... V n
A huge rattlesnake lay coiled on the blanket. V-ed
Coil up means the same as coil., phrasal verb
Once we have the wire, we can coil it up into the shape of a spring... V n P
Her hair was coiled up on top of her head. V-ed P, Also V P n (not pron)
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
convolute, curl, entwine, loop, snake, spiral, twine, twist, wind, wreathe, writhe
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