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coilnoun [C]

uk   us   /kɔɪl/
  • coil noun [C] (CIRCLE)

a ​length of ​rope, ​hair, or ​wire, ​arranged into a ​series of ​circles, one above the other: A coil of ​ropelay on the ​beach.figurative A coil of ​thickbluesmokerose up from his ​pipe. specialized electronics a ​twistedlength of ​wire through which an ​electriccurrenttravels
  • coil noun [C] (MEDICAL)

UK informal an ​IUD (= a ​medicaldevice to ​stop a woman ​becomingpregnant)

coilverb [I or T]

uk   us   /kɔɪl/
coiled
adjective uk   us   /kɔɪld/
a coiled ​spring
(Definition of coil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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coilnoun [C]

 us   /kɔɪl/
a ​length of ​rope or ​wirecurled to ​form a ​series of ​circles, one above the other: Rob ​raised the ​heavy coil of ​rope to his ​shoulder. A coil is also anything having the ​shape of a ​series of ​circles, one above the other: A coil of ​smokerose from the ​chimney.
coil
verb [I/T]  us   /kɔɪl/
[T] She coiled my ​hair, ​clippingcurls with ​bobbypins.
(Definition of coil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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