coil

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /kɔɪl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English coilen, from Old French coillir, cuillir (to gather, pluck, pick, cull) (modern French cueillir), from Latin colligō (to gather together), past participle collectus, from com- (together) + legō (to gather); compare legend. Doublet of cull.

Helical or coil springs

Noun[edit]

coil (plural coils)

  1. Something wound in the form of a helix or spiral.
    the sinuous coils of a snake
  2. Any intrauterine device (Abbreviation: IUD)—the first IUDs were coil-shaped.
  3. (electronics) A coil of electrically conductive wire through which electricity can flow.
    Synonym: inductor
  4. (figuratively) Entanglement; perplexity.
    • a. 1722, Matthew Prior, “Human Life”, in H. Bunker Wright, Monroe K. Spears, editors, The Literary Works of Matthew Prior, volume I, Second edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1971, page 687:
      What trifling coil do we mortals keep;
      Wake, eat, and drink, evacuate, and sleep.
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  • Japanese: コイル (koiru)
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Verb[edit]

coil (third-person singular simple present coils, present participle coiling, simple past and past participle coiled)

  1. To wind or reel e.g. a wire or rope into regular rings, often around a centerpiece.
    A simple transformer can be made by coiling two pieces of insulated copper wire around an iron heart.
  2. To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center.
    The sailor coiled the free end of the hawser on the pier.
  3. To wind cylindrically or spirally.
    to coil a rope when not in use
    The snake coiled itself before springing.
  4. (obsolete, rare) To encircle and hold with, or as if with, coils.
    • a. 1757, Thomas Edwards, sonnet to Mr. Nathanael Mason
      Pleasure coil thee in her dangerous snare
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

Noun[edit]

coil (plural coils)

  1. (now obsolete except in phrases) A noise, tumult, bustle, or turmoil.
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Irish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

coil m

  1. vocative/genitive singular of col (prohibition; sin, lust; violation; dislike; incest; relation, relationship)

Noun[edit]

coil m

  1. inflection of col (col):
    1. vocative/genitive singular
    2. nominative/dative plural

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
coil choil gcoil
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.