Coil

Definition of Coil

Pronunciation: koil
v. t.1.To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing.
[imp. & p. p. Coiled (koild); p. pr. & vb. n. Coiling.]
2.To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils.
v. i.1.To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; - often with about or around.
You can see his flery serpents . . .
Coiting, playing in the water.
- Longfellow.
n.1.A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound.
The wild grapevines that twisted their coils from trec to tree.
- W. Irving.
2.Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity.
3.A series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a steam heating apparatus.
Induction coil
(Elec.) See under Induction.
Ruhmkorff's coil
(Elec.) an induction coil, sometimes so called from Ruhmkorff ( ), a prominent manufacturer of the apparatus.
1.A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion.

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