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COIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does coil mean? 

COIL (noun)
  The noun COIL has 6 senses:

1. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
2. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
3. a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine
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

  Familiarity information: COIL used as a noun is common.


COIL (verb)
  The verb COIL has 3 senses:

1. to wind or move in a spiral course
2. make without a potter's wheel
3. wind around something in coils or loops

  Familiarity information: COIL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COIL (noun)


Sense 1coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

coil; helix; volute; whorl; spiral

Context example:

a coil of rope

Hypernyms ("coil" is a kind of...):

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coil"):

hank (a coil of rope or wool or yarn)


Sense 2coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

whorl; scroll; ringlet; gyre; curlicue; curl; coil; roll

Hypernyms ("coil" is a kind of...):

round shape (a shape that is curved and without sharp angles)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coil"):

corolla ((botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth)

calyx ((botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green)

verticil (a whorl of leaves growing around a stem)


Sense 3coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("coil" is a kind of...):

transformer (an electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage)


Sense 4coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("coil" is a kind of...):

birth control device; contraceptive; contraceptive device; preventative; preventive; prophylactic device (an agent or device intended to prevent conception)


Sense 5coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tubing that is wound in a spiral

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("coil" is a kind of...):

tube; tubing (conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coil"):

condenser (a hollow coil that condenses by abstracting heat)


Sense 6coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("coil" is a kind of...):

reactor (an electrical device used to introduce reactance into a circuit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "coil"):

tickler coil (a small coil in series with the anode of a vacuum tube and coupled to the grid to provide feedback)

solenoid (a coil of wire around an iron core; becomes a magnet when current passes through the coil)

secondary; secondary coil; secondary winding (coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil)

head; read/write head ((computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk)

primary; primary coil; primary winding (coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit)

induction coil (a coil for producing a high voltage from a low-voltage source)

field coil; field winding (the electric coil around a field magnet that produces the magneto motive force to set up the flux in an electric machine)

choke; choke coil; choking coil (a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current)

astatic coils (an arrangement of coils used in sensitive electrical instruments; the coils are arranged to give zero resultant external magnetic field when a current passes through them and to have zero electromotive force induced in them by an external magnetic field)

armature (coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field)


COIL (verb)


Sense 1coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To wind or move in a spiral course

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

coil; gyrate; spiral

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "coil" is one way to...):

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make without a potter's wheel

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

hand-build; handbuild; coil

Context example:

This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels

Hypernyms (to "coil" is one way to...):

forge; form; mold; mould; shape; work (make something, usually for a specific function)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3coil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wind around something in coils or loops

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

coil; curl; loop

Hypernyms (to "coil" is one way to...):

roll; twine; wind; wrap (wrap or coil around)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence examples:

They coil the wire around the stick
The wires coil around the stick

Antonym:

uncoil (unwind or untwist)


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