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coil (v.)

1610s, "to wind, gather into rings one above the other" (trans.), from French coillir "to gather, pick," from Latin colligere "to gather together" from assimilated form of com "together" (see co-) + legere "to gather," from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather." Intransitive sense "to form rings or spirals" is by 1798. Related: Coiled; coiling.

coil (n.)

1620s, "length of rope or cable," a specialized nautical sense from coil (v.). General sense "ring or series of rings in which a pliant body is wound" is from 1660s; hence, such a form forced onto a non-pliant body (1826). Specific sense "electrical conductor wound in a coil" is from 1849. Related: Coils.

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Definitions of coil from WordNet
1
coil (n.)
a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops;
a coil of rope
Synonyms: spiral / volute / whorl / helix
coil (n.)
a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals);
Synonyms: whorl / roll / curl / curlicue / ringlet / gyre / scroll
coil (n.)
a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine;
coil (n.)
a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb;
coil (n.)
tubing that is wound in a spiral;
coil (n.)
reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit;
2
coil (v.)
to wind or move in a spiral course;
the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action
black smoke coiling up into the sky
Synonyms: gyrate / spiral
coil (v.)
make without a potter's wheel;
Synonyms: handbuild / hand-build
coil (v.)
wind around something in coils or loops;
Synonyms: loop / curl
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