coiled coiled (koild), adj. curled or wound especially in concentric rings or spirals; as, a coiled snake ready to strike; the rope lay coiled on the deck. Opposite of {uncoiled}.

Note: [Narrower terms: {coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled}; {convolute rolled longitudinally upon itself};{curled, curled up}; {involute closely coiled so that the axis is obscured)}; {looped, whorled}; {twined, twisted}; {convoluted}; {involute, rolled esp of petals or leaves in bud: having margins rolled inward)}; {wound}] [WordNet 1.5]

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