Definition of coil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɔɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪl//
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  1. 1a series of circles formed by winding up a length of rope, wire, etc. a coil of wire
  2. 2one circle of rope, wire, etc. in a series Shake the rope and let the coils unwind. a snake’s coils
  3. 3a length of wire, wound into circles, that can carry electricity
  4. 4= IUD
  5. Word Originearly 16th cent. (as a verb): from Old French coillir, from Latin colligere ‘gather together’, from col- ‘together’ + legere ‘choose or collect’.Extra examples a coil of rope thick coils of blonde hair In her dream the snake wrapped its coils around her. The device consisted of a coil of copper wire, connected at either end to two electrodes.
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