Anything that's coiled is arranged in a tight circle of rings. If you can stomach it, picture a coiled snake and you'll get the idea.

New sailors have to watch out for swinging sails overhead and coiled rope underfoot. Your pet snakes might sleep in a coiled heap, and your little sister's fancy hairdo may consist of many coiled sections of hair pinned to her scalp. The adjective coiled describes something that takes the shape of a coil, a circle, ring, or spiral. The Latin root is colligere, "to gather together."

Definitions of coiled

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

“a coiled snake ready to strike”
“the rope lay coiled on the deck”
coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, turbinate, volute, voluted, whorled
in the shape of a coil
convolute, convoluted
rolled longitudinally upon itself
(of some shells) closely coiled so that the axis is obscured
involute, rolled
especially of petals or leaves in bud; having margins rolled inward
put in a coil
straight, uncoiled
no longer coiled
not curled
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