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coiled

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