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Coil vs. Curl

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Coilnoun

Something wound in the form of a helix or spiral.

‘the sinuous coils of a snake’;

Curlnoun

A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet.

Coilnoun

Any intrauterine device (Abbreviation: IUD)—the first IUDs were coil-shaped.

Curlnoun

A curved stroke or shape.

Coilnoun

(electrical) A coil of electrically conductive wire through which electricity can flow.

Curlnoun

A spin making the trajectory of an object curve.

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Coilnoun

(figurative) Entanglement; perplexity.

Curlnoun

(curling) Movement of a moving rock away from a straight line.

Coilnoun

A noise, tumult, bustle, or turmoil.

Curlnoun

(weightlifting) Any exercise performed by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially those that train the biceps.

Coilverb

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.’;

Curlnoun

(calculus) The vector field denoting the rotationality of a given vector field.

‘The curl of the vector field \vec{F}(x,y,z) is the vector field \operatorname{curl}\,\vec{F} \equiv \vec{\nabla}\times\vec{F}=\left( \frac{\partial F_z}{\partial y} - \frac{\partial F_y}{\partial z}, \frac{\partial F_x}{\partial z} - \frac{\partial F_z}{\partial x}, \frac{\partial F_y}{\partial x} - \frac{\partial F_x}{\partial y} \right).’;

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Coilverb

To wind into loops (roughly) around a common center.

‘The sailor coiled the free end of the hawser on the pier.’;

Curlnoun

The vector operator, denoted \rm{curl}\; or \vec{\nabla}\times\vec{\left(\cdot\right)}, that generates this field.

Coilverb

To wind cylindrically or spirally.

‘to coil a rope when not in use’; ‘The snake coiled itself before springing.’;

Curlnoun

(agriculture) Any of various diseases of plants causing the leaves or shoots to curl up; often specifically the potato curl.

Coilverb

To encircle and hold with, or as if with, coils.

Curlnoun

The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the flame.

‘The one-piece back is of a medium curl.’;

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Coilverb

To wind cylindrically or spirally; as, to coil a rope when not in use; the snake coiled itself before springing.

Curlnoun

(American football) A pattern where the receiver appears to be running a fly pattern but after a set number of steps or yards quickly stops and turns around, looking for a pass.

Coilverb

To encircle and hold with, or as with, coils.

Curlverb

(transitive) To cause to move in a curve.

Coilverb

To wind itself cylindrically or spirally; to form a coil; to wind; - often with about or around.

‘You can see his flery serpents . . . Coiting, playing in the water.’;

Curlverb

(transitive) To make into a curl or spiral.

Coilnoun

A ring, series of rings, or spiral, into which a rope, or other like thing, is wound.

‘The wild grapevines that twisted their coils from trec to tree.’;

Curlverb

(intransitive) To assume the shape of a curl or spiral.

Coilnoun

Fig.: Entanglement; toil; mesh; perplexity.

Curlverb

(intransitive) To move in curves.

Coilnoun

A series of connected pipes in rows or layers, as in a steam heating apparatus.

Curlverb

To take part in the sport of curling.

‘I curl at my local club every weekend.’;

Coilnoun

A noise, tumult, bustle, or confusion.

Curlverb

To exercise by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially of the biceps.

Coilnoun

a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops;

‘a coil of rope’;

Curlverb

To twist or form (the hair, etc.) into ringlets.

Coilnoun

a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles

Curlverb

To deck with, or as if with, curls; to ornament.

Coilnoun

a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine

Curlverb

To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.

Coilnoun

a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

Curlverb

(hat-making) To shape (the brim of a hat) into a curve.

Coilnoun

tubing that is wound in a spiral

Curlverb

To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.

‘But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid.’;

Coilnoun

reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

Curlverb

To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body.

‘Of his tortuous train,Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve.’;

Coilverb

to wind or move in a spiral course;

‘the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action’; ‘black smoke coiling up into the sky’; ‘the young people gyrated on the dance floor’;

Curlverb

To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament.

‘Thicker than the snaky locksThat curledMegæra.’; ‘Curling with metaphors a plain intention.’;

Coilverb

make without a potter's wheel;

‘This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels’;

Curlverb

To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.

‘Seas would be pools without the brushing airTo curl the waves.’;

Coilverb

wind around something in coils or loops

Curlverb

To shape (the brim) into a curve.

Curlverb

To contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or contorted; to have a curly appearance; as, leaves lie curled on the ground.

‘Thou seest it [hair] will not curl by nature.’;

Curlverb

To move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl or curls.

‘Then round her slender waist he curled.’; ‘Curling smokes from village tops are seen.’; ‘Gayly curl the waves before each dashing prow.’; ‘He smiled a king of sickly smile, and curled up on the floor.’;

Curlverb

To play at the game called curling.

Curlnoun

A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form.

‘Under a coronet, his flowing hairIn curls on either cheek played.’;

Curlnoun

An undulating or waving line or streak in any substance, as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity.

‘If the glass of the prisms . . . be without those numberless waves or curls which usually arise from the sand holes.’;

Curlnoun

A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken.

Curlnoun

a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles

Curlnoun

American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)

Curlnoun

a strand or cluster of hair

Curlverb

form a curl, curve, or kink;

‘the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling’;

Curlverb

shape one's body into a curl;

‘She curled farther down under the covers’; ‘She fell and drew in’;

Curlverb

wind around something in coils or loops

Curlverb

twist or roll into coils or ringlets;

‘curl my hair, please’;

Curlverb

play the Scottish game of curling

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