coil-n; 9 Senses

Sense Number 1: a spiral structure, having multiple loops

Commentary: COIL[+structure][+spiral]

The double helix of DNA is two coils of protein that are intertwined.
This mattress has coil springs.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a single loop, a round shape, ringlet

Commentary: COIL[+structure][+loop][+single]

The girl's hair was wrapped in a single coil at the back of her neck.
The edges of the stationary were decorated with coils of ivy and flowers.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: an electrical device that conveys voltage or inductance in a circuit

Commentary: COIL[+device][+spiral][+electrical][+voltage][+transformer/+inductor]

Direct current flows through the primary coil of an inductance coil.
The mechanic told him it was a problem with his ignition coil.
This coil is a transformer with an air core that can produce high voltages at high frequencies.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 6

Sense Number 4: an intrauterine contraceptive

Commentary: COIL[+device][+spiral][+contraceptive][+intrauterine]
NOTE: usually in the phrase 'the coil'

The woman had her coil removed from her uterus after five years.
The coil has proven to be a very effective form of contraception.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a roll of stamps

Commentary: COIL[+device][+spiral][+roll][+stamp]

Mary bought two coils of stamps from the vending machine.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 6: a dried chemical burned to repel mosquitoes

Commentary: COIL[+device][+spiral][+repellant][+mosquito][+chemical][+burning]

The mosquito repellant coils our hotel gave us each evening only burned for about three hours.
Sally didn't like the smell from the coil burning next to her bed.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1c

Sense Number 7: a quantity of rope or wire wound in circles

Commentary: COIL[+quantity][+measure][+length][+curled][+rope/+wire]

A coil of rope lay on the dock.
There were coils of copper wire stacked up in the warehouse.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 8: an arrangement or series of connected pipes, tubes, wires

Commentary: COIL[+artifact][+tubing][+arranged][+connected][+pipe/+wire]

The homemade whisky still had an elaborate set of copper coils.
Extensive coils extended around the walls of the biotech laboratory.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 9: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)