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noun coal pronunciation in British English /kəʊl/
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  1. [uncountable] a hard black substance that is dug from the ground and burned as fuel to provide heat
    Put some more coal on the fire.
    coal dust
    a piece/lump of coal
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    1. a.
      [uncountable] used for talking about the industry of digging coal out of the ground
      Is there a future for coal?
      the coal industry
    2. b.
      [countable] a piece of coal, especially when it is burning
      Nina moved the coals about with the poker.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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