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Meaning of coil

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  coil
      n 1: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous
           series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: {coil}, {spiral},
           {volute}, {whorl}, {helix}]
      2: a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as
         formed by leaves or flower petals) [syn: {coil}, {whorl},
         {roll}, {curl}, {curlicue}, {ringlet}, {gyre}, {scroll}]
      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
      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}, {coil}]
      2: make without a potter's wheel; "This famous potter hand-
         builds all of her vessels" [syn: {handbuild}, {hand-build},
         {coil}]
      3: wind around something in coils or loops [syn: {coil}, {loop},
         {curl}] [ant: {uncoil}]


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