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verb coil pronunciation in British English /kɔɪl/
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present tense
present participlecoiling
past tensecoiled
past participlecoiled
  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.

    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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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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