Verb coal Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships). (intransitive) To be converted to charcoal. (transitive) To burn to charcoal; to char. (transitive) To mark or delineate with charcoal. (transitive) To supply with coal.

More definition:

1.a black or dark-brown combustible mineral substance consisting of carbonized vegetable matter, used as a fuel. Compare anthracite, bituminous coal, lignite.

2.a piece of glowing, charred, or burned wood or other combustible substance.

3.charcoal (def 1). burn to coal or charcoal. provide with coal. take in coal for fuel.

7.heap coals of fire on someone's head, to repay evil with good in order to make one's enemy repent.

8.rake / haul/ drag/ call/ take over the coals, to reprimand; scold, They were raked over the coals for turning out slipshod work.

1.a combustible compact black or dark-brown carbonaceous rock formed from compaction of layers of partially decomposed vegetation, a fuel and a source of coke, coal gas, and coal tar See also anthracite, bituminous coal, lignite, peat1 (as modifier), coal cellar, coal merchant, coal mine, coal dust

2. one or more lumps of coal

3. short for charcoal

4. coals to Newcastle, something supplied where it is already plentiful

5. haul someone over the coals, to reprimand someone verb

6. to take in, provide with, or turn into coal Derived Formscoaly, adjective Word OriginOld English col; related to Old Norse kol, Old High German kolo, Old Irish gūalCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English col "charcoal, live coal," from Proto-Germanic *kula(n) (cf. Old Frisian kole, Middle Dutch cole, Dutch kool, Old High German chol, German Kohle, Old Norse kol), from PIE root *g(e)u-lo- "live coal" (cf. Irish gual "coal").Meaning "mineral consisting of fossilized carbon" is from mid-13c. First mentioned (370 B.C.E.) by Theophrastus in his treatise "On Stones" under the name lithos anthrakos (see anthrax). Traditionally good luck, coal was given as a New Year's gift in England, said to guarantee a warm hearth for the coming year. The phrase drag (or rake) over the coals was a reference to the treatment meted out to heretics by Christians. To carry coals "do dirty work," also "submit to insult" is from 1520s. To carry coals to Newcastle (c.1600) Anglicizes Greek glauk eis Athenas "owls to Athens."
see, carry coals to Newcastle rake over the coals The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Up and down the hills, searching and searching but all the little ones are staying inside in this coal-stripped countryside.

In my time too; the war brought some money in and coal was getting dug so's there was jobs.

She possessed a head of coal black hair, tied in a single braid that extended below her waist, dark eyes, and a smile that lit up the room.

Her eyes pierced through him, black as coal; all traces of warmth extinguished.

The city has immense coal piers.

The Permian, which contains workable coal seams, lies unconformably upon the older beds and seems to have been deposited in isolated basins (e.g.

The stock of the anchor rests on the cat-head when hung outside the ship. The name is also used of a type of a vessel, now obsolete, and formerly used in the coal and timber trade on the north-east coast of England; it had a deep waist and narrow stem; it is still applied to a small rig of sailing boats, with a single mast stepped far forward, with a fore and aft sail.

Their eyes are like pie-plates and their mouths like coal-scuttles.

Men go down into the ground and dig out the coal, and steam-cars take it to the large cities, and sell it to people to burn, to make them warm and happy when it is cold out of doors.

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