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verb coil pronunciation in American English /kɔɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycoil
he/she/itcoils
present participlecoiling
past tensecoiled
past participlecoiled

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  1. [transitive] to wind something long and thin into a shape like a series of rings

    Heavy gold chains were coiled around her long neck.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] used about something that moves in a curve

      A column of smoke was coiling slowly up into the air.

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    2. b.
      [intransitive] used about a feeling that is becoming so strong you may soon be unable to control it

      He felt the fear coiling inside his stomach.

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coiled

 coil pronunciation in American English  adjective

a tightly coiled spring

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