Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Dictionary Suite
Display options


parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coils, coiling, coiled
definition: to wind into loops or a spiral.
The fireman coiled the hose and put it back in its place.She coiled a strand of hair around her finger.The snake coiled itself around the limb of the tree.
similar words:
loop, roll, twine, twist
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to form loops or a spiral.
The caterpillar coiled about a twig.
similar words:
loop, ring, roll, twine, twist, wind, wrap
definition 2: to move in or trace a spiral or winding path.
The canyon coils across the plain.
similar words:
ring, twine, wind
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that has been wound into loops or a spiral.
He got a coil of copper wire from his truck.
similar words:
roll, twine, twist
definition 2: one loop of a coil.
He wound the hose into ten coils.
similar words:
definition 3: one or all of the spiral pipes in a radiator or the like.
definition 4: an electrical device consisting of a tightly-wound wire or other conductor.
definition 5: see IUD.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature