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Coil (verb)

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To Coil. v.a. [cueillir, French.] To gather into a narrow compass; as to coil a rope, to wind it in a ring.

The lurking particles of air so expanding themselves, must necessarily plump out the sides of the bladder, and so keep them turgid, until the pressure of the air, that at first coiled them, be re-admitted to do the same thing again. Boyle.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84)

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