coil (n.) Look up coil at Dictionary.com
1620s, from coil (v.). Related: Coils.
coil (v.) Look up coil at Dictionary.com
"to wind," 1610s, from Middle French coillir "to gather, pick," from Latin colligere "to gather together" from com- "together" (see com-) + legere "to gather," from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather." Meaning specialized perhaps in nautical usage. Related: Coiled; coiling.