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  1. Something wound in the form of a helix or spiral.
  2. Common name for any intra-uterine contraceptive device (Abbreviation: IUD)—the first IUDs were coil-shaped.
  3. (electrical) A coil of electrically conductive wire through which electricity can flow.
  • German: Spule
  • Spanish: bobina
  • French: bobine
  • Italian: bobina
  1. To wind or reel e.g. a wire or rope into regular rings, often around a centerpiece.
A simple transformer can be made by coiling two pieces of insulated copper wire around an iron heart.
  1. To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center.
The sailor coiled the free end of the hawser on the pier.
    Etymology: From coillir (French: cueillir), from colligere.

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