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Meaning of COAL

Pronunciation:  kowl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a hot glowing or smouldering fragment of wood or coal left from a fire
  2. [n]  fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period
  3. [v]  take in coal, as of a ship
  4. [v]  supply with coal
  5. [v]  burn to charcoal; "Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything"

COAL is a 4 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: char, ember
 See Also: anthracite, anthracite coal, atomic number 6, bituminous coal, brown coal, burn, C, carbon, combust, fossil fuel, fragment, furnish, gather in, hard coal, lignite, provide, render, soft coal, steam coal, supply, take in, vegetable matter, wood coal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Coal\, n. [AS. col; akin to D. kool, OHG. chol, cholo, G.
    kohle, Icel. kol, pl., Sw. kol, Dan. kul; cf. Skr. jval to
    burn. Cf. {Kiln}, {Collier}.]
    1. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited,
       fragment from wood or other combustible substance;
    2. (Min.) A black, or brownish black, solid, combustible
       substance, dug from beds or veins in the earth to be used
       for fuel, and consisting, like charcoal, mainly of carbon,
       but more compact, and often affording, when heated, a
       large amount of volatile matter.
    Note: This word is often used adjectively, or as the first
          part of self-explaining compounds; as, coal-black; coal
          formation; coal scuttle; coal ship. etc.
    Note: In England the plural coals is used, for the broken
          mineral coal burned in grates, etc.; as, to put coals
          on the fire. In the United States the singular in a
          collective sense is the customary usage; as, a hod of
    {Age of coal plants}. See {Age of Acrogens}, under {Acrogen}.
    {Anthracite} or {Glance coal}. See {Anthracite}.
    {Bituminous coal}. See under {Bituminous}.
    {Blind coal}. See under {Blind}.
    {Brown coal}, or {Lignite}. See {Lignite}.
    {Caking coal}, a bituminous coal, which softens and becomes
       pasty or semi-viscid when heated. On increasing the heat,
       the volatile products are driven off, and a coherent,
       grayish black, cellular mass of coke is left.
    {Cannel coal}, a very compact bituminous coal, of fine
       texture and dull luster. See {Cannel coal}.
    {Coal bed} (Geol.), a layer or stratum of mineral coal.
    {Coal breaker}, a structure including machines and machinery
       adapted for crushing, cleansing, and assorting coal.
    {Coal field} (Geol.), a region in which deposits of coal
       occur. Such regions have often a basinlike structure, and
       are hence called {coal basins}. See {Basin}.
    {Coal gas}, a variety of carbureted hydrogen, procured from
       bituminous coal, used in lighting streets, houses, etc.,
       and for cooking and heating.
    {Coal heaver}, a man employed in carrying coal, and esp. in
       putting it in, and discharging it from, ships.
    {Coal measures}. (Geol.)
       (a) Strata of coal with the attendant rocks.
       (b) A subdivision of the carboniferous formation, between
           the millstone grit below and the Permian formation
           above, and including nearly all the workable coal beds
           of the world.
    {Coal oil}, a general name for mineral oils; petroleum.
    {Coal plant} (Geol.), one of the remains or impressions of
       plants found in the strata of the coal formation.
    {Coal tar}. See in the Vocabulary.
    {To haul over the coals}, to call to account; to scold or
       censure. [Colloq.]
    {Wood coal}. See {Lignite}.
  2. \Coal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coaled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To burn to charcoal; to char. [R.]
             Charcoal of roots, coaled into great pieces.
    2. To mark or delineate with charcoal. --Camden.
    3. To supply with coal; as, to coal a steamer.
  3. \Coal\, v. i.
    To take in coal; as, the steamer coaled at Southampton.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a coal in your dream, represents wealth and prosperity. It also points to your unused potential. Alternatively, it may indicate that you have been misbehaving and have caught.
Easton Bible Dictionary

It is by no means certain that the Hebrews were acquainted with mineral coal, although it is found in Syria. Their common fuel was dried dung of animals and wood charcoal. Two different words are found in Hebrew to denote coal, both occurring in Prov. 26:21, "As coal [Heb. peham; i.e., "black coal"] is to burning coal [Heb. gehalim]." The latter of these words is used in Job 41:21; Prov. 6:28; Isa. 44:19. The words "live coal" in Isa. 6:6 are more correctly "glowing stone." In Lam. 4:8 the expression "blacker than a coal" is literally rendered in the margin of the Revised Version "darker than blackness." "Coals of fire" (2 Sam. 22:9, 13; Ps. 18:8, 12, 13, etc.) is an expression used metaphorically for lightnings proceeding from God. A false tongue is compared to "coals of juniper" (Ps. 120:4; James 3:6). "Heaping coals of fire on the head" symbolizes overcoming evil with good. The words of Paul (Rom. 12:20) are equivalent to saying, "By charity and kindness thou shalt soften down his enmity as surely as heaping coals on the fire fuses the metal in the crucible."

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