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coil 1

 (koil)
n.
1.
a. A series of connected spirals or concentric rings formed by gathering or winding: a coil of rope; long coils of hair.
b. An individual spiral or ring within such a series.
2. A spiral pipe or series of spiral pipes, as in a radiator.
3. Electricity
a. A wound spiral of two or more turns of insulated wire, used to introduce inductance into a circuit.
b. Any of various devices of which such a spiral is the major component.
4. A roll of postage stamps prepared for use in a vending machine.
v. coiled, coil·ing, coils
v.tr.
1. To wind in concentric rings or spirals.
2. To wind into a shape resembling a coil.
v.intr.
1. To form concentric rings or spirals.
2. To move in a spiral course: black smoke coiling up into the sky.

[Probably from obsolete French coillir, to gather up, from Latin colligere; see collect1.]

coil′er n.

coil 2

 (koil)
n.
A disturbance; a fuss.

[Origin unknown.]

coiling


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A simple method of producing clay pots. Cylindrical strips of clay are formed from the clay body and then and then coiled on top of one another.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.coiling - in the shape of a coilcoiling - in the shape of a coil    
coiled - curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals); "a coiled snake ready to strike"; "the rope lay coiled on the deck"
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