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.
2. To encircle and hold with, or as with,
coils. [Obs. or R.] T. Edwards.
Coil, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf.
Gael. goil fume, rage.] A noise, tumult, bustle, or
confusion. [Obs.] Shak.
Coil, n. 1. A
ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other
like thing, is wound.
The wild grapevines that twisted their
coils from trec to tree.
2. Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh;
3. A series of connected pipes in rows or
layers, as in a steam heating apparatus.
Induction coil. (Elec.) See under
Induction. -- Ruhmkorff's coil
(Elec.), an induction coil, sometimes so called from
Ruhmkorff (?), a prominent manufacturer of the
Coil, v. i. To wind itself
cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; -- often with
about or around.
You can see his flery serpents . . .
Coiting, playing in the water.