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English noun: coil

1. coil (artifact) a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

SamplesA coil of rope.

Synonymshelix, spiral, volute, whorl

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)hank

2. coil (shape) a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

Synonymscurl, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, scroll, whorl

Broader (hypernym)round shape

Narrower (hyponym)calyx, corolla, verticil

3. coil (artifact) a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine

Broader (hypernym)transformer

4. coil (artifact) a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

Broader (hypernym)birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device

5. coil (artifact) tubing that is wound in a spiral

Broader (hypernym)tube, tubing

Narrower (hyponym)condenser

6. coil (artifact) reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

Broader (hypernym)reactor

Narrower (hyponym)armature, astatic coils, choke, choke coil, choking coil, field coil, field winding, head, induction coil, primary, primary coil, primary winding, read/write head, secondary, secondary coil, secondary winding, solenoid, tickler coil

English verb: coil

1. coil (motion) to wind or move in a spiral course

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsgyrate, spiral

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)turn

2. coil (creation) make without a potter's wheel

SamplesThis famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels.

Synonymshand-build, handbuild

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

3. coil (contact) wind around something in coils or loops

ExamplesThey coil the wire around the stick, The wires coil around the stick

Synonymscurl, loop

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)roll, twine, wind, wrap


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