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coil

noun [C] uk   /kɔɪl/ us  

coil noun [C] (CIRCLE)

a length of rope, hair, or wire, arranged into a series of circles, one above the other: A coil of rope lay on the beach. figurative A coil of thick blue smoke rose up from his pipe. specialized electronics a twisted length of wire through which an electric current travels

coil noun [C] (MEDICAL)

UK informal an IUD (= a medical device to stop a woman becoming pregnant)

coil

verb [I or T] uk   /kɔɪl/ us  
to arrange something in a coil: She coiled her hair into a neat bun on top of her head. The snake coiled itself tightly around the deer.
coiled
adjective uk   /kɔɪld/ us  
a coiled spring
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