Coil, n. A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion. [Obs.]
Coil v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coiled (koild); p. pr. & vb. n. Coiling.]
1. To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing.
2. To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils. [Obs. or R.]
Coil, v. i. 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.
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.
n 1: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous
series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: spiral, volute,
2: a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles [syn:
whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll]
3: a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a
4: a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb
5: tubing that is wound in a spiral
6: reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that
introduces inductance into a circuit
v 1: 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"; "the young people
gyrated on the dance floor" [syn: gyrate, spiral]
2: make without a potter's wheel; "This famous potter
hand-builds all of her vessels" [syn: handbuild, hand-build]
3: wind around something in coils or loops [syn: loop, curl]