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Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wound (wound) (rarely Winded); p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] [OE. winden, AS. windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan, Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windan (in comp.). Cf. Wander, Wend.] [1913 Webster]
To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball. [1913 Webster] Whether to wind The woodbine round this arbor. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To entwist; to infold; to encircle. [1913 Webster] Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern. "To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus." --Shak. [1913 Webster] In his terms so he would him wind. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please And wind all other witnesses. --Herrick. [1913 Webster] Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate. [1913 Webster] You have contrived . . . to wind Yourself into a power tyrannical. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in such things into discourse. --Gov. of Tongue. [1913 Webster]
To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine. [1913 Webster] To wind off, to unwind; to uncoil. To wind out, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon. To wind up. (a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of thread; to coil completely. (b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up one's affairs; to wind up an argument. (c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for continued movement or action; to put in order anew. "Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years." --Dryden. "Thus they wound up his temper to a pitch." --Atterbury. (d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so as to tune it. "Wind up the slackened strings of thy lute." --Waller. [1913 Webster]
Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] [1913 Webster]
To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate. [1913 Webster]
To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game. [1913 Webster]
(a) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath. (b) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe. [1913 Webster] To wind a ship (Naut.), to turn it end for end, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side. [1913 Webster]
Wind \Wind\, v. t. [From Wind, moving air, but confused in sense and in conjugation with wind to turn.] [imp. & p. p. Wound (wound), R. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes. "Hunters who wound their horns." --Pennant. [1913 Webster] Ye vigorous swains, while youth ferments your blood, .
Winding \Wind"ing\, a. [From Wind to twist.] Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
Winding \Wind"ing\, n.
A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream. [1913 Webster] To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The material, as wire or rope, wound or coiled about anything, or a single round or turn of the material; as (Elec.), a series winding, or one in which the armature coil, the field-magnet coil, and the external circuit form a continuous conductor; a shunt winding, or one of such a character that the armature current is divided, a portion of the current being led around the field-magnet coils. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] [1913 Webster] Winding engine, an engine employed in mining to draw up buckets from a deep pit; a hoisting engine. Winding sheet, a sheet in which a corpse is wound or wrapped. Winding tackle (Naut.), a tackle consisting of a fixed triple block, and a double or triple movable block, used for hoisting heavy articles in or out of a vessel. --Totten. [1913 Webster]
Winding \Wind"ing\, n. [From Wind to blow.] (Naut.) A call by the boatswain's whistle. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

winding adj
1 marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: tortuous, twisting, twisty]
2 of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a)] n : the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, twist]



  1. present participle of wind


  1. something wound around something else
  2. the manner in which something is wound
  3. one complete turn of something wound
  4. In the context of "electrical": a length of wire wound around the core of an electrical transformer



  1. twisting, turning or sinuous
  2. spiral or helical
A coil is a series of loops. A coiled coil is a structure where the coil itself is in turn also looping.

General applications

A coil is made up of materials, usually rigid, which can be fashioned into a spiral or helical shape. Flexible materials like wire, rope, hose, cable or paper can also be coiled into empty loops, or wound around a central drum or spindle.
Some common applications of coils include:

Electromagnetic coils

An electromagnetic coil (or simply a "coil") is formed when a conductor (usually a solid copper wire) is wound around a core or form to create an inductor or electromagnet. One loop of wire is usually referred to as a turn, and a coil consists of one or more turns. For use in an electronic circuit, electrical connection terminals called taps are often connected to a coil. Coils are often coated with varnish and/or wrapped with insulating tape to provide additional insulation and secure them in place. A completed coil assembly with taps etc. is often called a winding. A transformer is an electromagnetic device that has a primary winding and a secondary winding that transfers energy from one electrical circuit to another by magnetic coupling without moving parts. The term tickler coil usually refers to a third coil placed in relation to a primary coil and secondary coil. A coil tap is a wiring feature found on some electrical transformers, inductors and coil pickups, all of which are sets of wire coils. The coil tap(s) are points in a wire coil where a conductive patch has been exposed (usually on a loop of wire that extends out of the main coil body). As self induction is larger for larger coil diameter the current in a thick wire tries to flow on the inside. The ideal use of copper is achieved by foils. Sometimes this means that a spiral is a better alternative. Multilayer coils have the problem of interlayer capacitance, so when multiple layers are needed the shape needs to be radically changed to a short coil with many layers so that the voltage between consecutive layers is smaller (making them more spiral like).


The inductance of single-layer coils can be calculated to a reasonable degree of accuracy with the simplified formula
\mathrm= \frac
where µH (microhenries) are units of inductance, R is the coil radius (measured in inches to the center of the conductor), N is the number of turns, and L is the length of the coil in inches. The online Coil Inductance Calculator calculates the inductance of any coil using this formula. Higher accuracy estimates of coil inductance require calculations of considerably greater complexity. A layperson's translation is:
\, Inductance^ = (radius^2*number of turns^2)/(9*radius + 10*length)
In calculating the distances, one centimeter is equal to 0.393700787 inches and one inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters. The inductance formula uses inches. The relationship between the radius and the circumference of a coil is \, r = c /2 \pi, with r as the radius, c as the circumference, and π (the Greek letter pi) as the constant 3.141. The circumference of a coil can be calculated by c = \pi \cdot d , with d as the diameter of the coil and π as 3.141.

Coil examples

Some common electromagnetic coils include:
Other applications of coils exist in the field of electromagnetic devices. A coilgun is a type of cannon that uses a series of electromagnetic coils to accelerate a magnetic shell to very high velocities. The filament of an incandescent light bulb has usually the shape of a coiled coil, in order to fit the long filament in a small space.
  • Querfurth, William, "Coil winding; a description of coil winding procedures, winding machines and associated equipment for the electronic industry" (2d ed.). Chicago, G. Stevens Mfg. Co., 1958.
  • Weymouth, F. Marten, "''Drum armatures and commutators (theory and practice) : a complete treatise on the theory and construction of drum winding, and of commutators for closed-coil armatures, together with a full résumé of some of the principal points involved in their design; and an exposition of armature reactions and sparking". London, "The Electrician" Printing and Publishing Co., 1893.
  • "Coil winding proceedings". International Coil Winding Association.
  • Chandler, R. H., "Coil coating review, 1970-76". Braintree, R. H. Chandler Ltd, 1977.
  • R. Clarke, "Producing wound components''"., 2005 October 9.

Chemistry, biology and medicine

A chemistry coil is a tube of spiral form, used commonly to cool originating steam of the distillation and thus to condense them in liquid form. In the study of how molecules interact with each other, there are a few specific references to organic coils. During self-assembly, organic elements organize to form this structural pattern. Molecular self-assembly assembles the molecules, without guidance or management from an outside source, into these shapes.
Examples of these structural patterns include:
As an acronym, COIL denotes the Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser.
In medicine, the Guglielmi Detachable Coil is a platinum coil commonly used in intracranial non-invasive surgery, for the occlusion of brain aneurysms.

In Ceramics (Fine Arts)

Coiling has been used to shape clay into useful beautiful vessels for many of thousands of years. It ranges from Africa to Greece and from China to New Mexico. They have used this method in a variety of ways. Using the coiling technique, it is possible to build thicker or taller walled vessels, which may not have been possible using earlier methods. The technique lets you control the walls as you build them up and allows you to build on top of the walls to make the vessel look bigger and bulge outward or narrow inward with less danger of collapsing. There are many different ways you can build ceramic objects using the coiling technique.
  1. Squeezing the clay into a coil or rolling between your hands are two different was to make coils. Using these techniques, it may prove very difficult to make a smooth preform due to the uneven pressure applied by your hands and fingers.
  2. When rolling with your hands, use a smooth surface. By spreading your hands (to apply even pressure), gently roll the clay back and forth until you think the preform is of the right thickness.
  3. The roll should be a little thicker than a pencil or pen. Now stack the coils on top of each other.
  4. Now, for strength, force the clay together as hard as you can on the inside of the piece without messing the clay up. Use your fingers and scrape the top coil onto the coil underneath.
  5. While smoothing the inside of the piece hold your other hand on the outside so you don’t damage what you have already done.
  6. If you want a top level, gently turn your piece over and lightly tap it on a smooth surface.
  7. Let it dry.
  8. Large flat pieces of clay are rolled out with a rolling pin. The slabs are cut for the base and walls and are attached together.
  9. Slabs work goes fast but lots of care must be given to make sure that the seams won’t crack, break or pull apart during the drying process.

External links

  • For the definition of Coil and words related to it, see Wiktionary.
winding in Danish: Spole
winding in German: Spule
winding in French: Bobine (électricité)
winding in Italian: Bobina
winding in Lithuanian: Ritė
winding in Japanese: 巻線
winding in Portuguese: Bobina
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