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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of coil.
  • adj. In the form of coils; having coils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. curled or wound especially in concentric rings or spirals. Opposite of uncoiled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)


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  • One of them Martin coiled and held before his lips, and blew on it.

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  • I see them swathed in coiled shadows and broad bands of light.

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  • Watson and Crick found that certain evidence ex cluded the possibility that the two polynucleotide chains of a DNA molecule are paranemically coiled, that is, are so coiled that they can simply slip into and out of each other.


  • Kundalini, most often described as a coiled serpent existing within the body in conjunction with the chakras.

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  • •Knees are bent at a subtle angle with your heels ever-so-slightly raised to assume a "coiled" position, ready to strike.

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  • The static, "coiled" shapes appear to writhe on-screen.

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  • She did not so much move toward him as strike, attacking him with the kind of coiled, primal sexual energy normally held in restraint beneath her noble poise.

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  • She got off the sofa, went over to the fish tank, peering in with a kind of coiled intensity as if she longed to shrink in size and jump into the salt water, becoming one with the crowd idling there.

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  • In the middle of the room a lank, angular figure was "coiled" about a mandolin, coaxing an old hymn from its strings.

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  • The three villages on Second Mesa make a particular kind of coiled basket found nowhere else save in North Africa, and no pottery nor any other kind of basket.

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