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COIL, verb transitive To gather, as a line or cord into a circular form; to wind into a ring, as a serpent, or a rope.

COIL, noun

1. A rope gathered into a ring; on shipboard, a single turn or winding is called a fake, and a range of fakes is called a tier.

2. A noise, tumult, bustle.