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 for coil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coil \Coil\ (koil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coiled (koild); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Coiling.] [OF. coillir, F. cueillir, to collect,
     gather together, L. coligere; col- + legere to gather. See
     Legend, and cf. Cull, v. t., Collect.]
     1. To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when
        not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing.
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     2. To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils. [Obs. or R.]
        --T. Edwards.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coil \Coil\, v. i.
     To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to
     wind; -- often with about or around.
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           You can see his flery serpents . . .
           Coiting, playing in the water.           --Longfellow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coil \Coil\, n.
     1. A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or
        other like thing, is wound.
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              The wild grapevines that twisted their coils from
              trec to tree.                         --W. Irving.
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     2. Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity.
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     3. A series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a
        steam heating apparatus.
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     Induction coil. (Elec.) See under Induction.
  
     Ruhmkorff's coil (Elec.), an induction coil, sometimes so
        called from Ruhmkorff, a prominent manufacturer of the
        apparatus.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coil \Coil\, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. goil fume, rage.]
     A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "coil":
     bolt, braid, brouhaha, bun, chignon, circles, cirrus, coil,
     corkscrew, crimp, crisp, cue, curl, curlicue, entwine, enwrap,
     evolute, foofaraw, furore, gyre, helix, involute, kink, knot, loop,
     part, piece, pigtail, plait, portion, queue, rattail, revolve,
     ringlet, roll, rotate, ruckus, rumpus, run, screw, scroll, shindig,
     shindy, snake, spiral, strip, swirl, tail, tendril, topknot, turn,
     twine, twirl, twist, uproar, volute, volution, vortex, whirl,
     whorl, wind, wrap, wreathe
  
  

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