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

 

coil

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kɔɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coil
BrE BrE//kɔɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪl//
 
he / she / it coils
BrE BrE//kɔɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪlz//
 
past simple coiled
BrE BrE//kɔɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪld//
 
past participle coiled
BrE BrE//kɔɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪld//
 
-ing form coiling
BrE BrE//ˈkɔɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to wind into a series of circles; to make something do this coil up The snake coiled up, ready to strike. coil round, around, etc. something Mist coiled around the tops of the hills. coil something (+ adv./prep.) to coil a rope into a loop Her hair was coiled on top of her head. a coiled spring Word Origin early 16th cent. (as a verb): from Old French coillir, from Latin colligere ‘gather together’, from col- ‘together’ + legere ‘choose or collect’.Extra examples He coiled the rope up tightly and put it away. Her hair was neatly coiled into a bun. The snake coiled itself around a branch. He coiled the rope into a loop. Mechanical watches are powered by a coiled spring.
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