coil meaning, coil definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( 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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coiled, coital, cosily, compile

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