Associations to the word «Coal»


COAL, noun. (uncountable) A black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.
COAL, noun. (countable) A piece of coal used for burning. Note that in British English either of the following examples could be used, whereas the latter would be more common in American English.
COAL, noun. (countable) A type of coal, such as bituminous, anthracite, or lignite, and grades and varieties thereof.
COAL, noun. (countable) A glowing or charred piece of coal, wood, or other solid fuel.
COAL, noun. Charcoal
COAL, verb. (intransitive) To take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships).
COAL, verb. (intransitive) To be converted to charcoal.
COAL, verb. (transitive) To burn to charcoal; to char.
COAL, verb. (transitive) To mark or delineate with charcoal.
COAL, verb. (transitive) To supply with coal.
COAL BALL, noun. A nodule of plant material permeated with minerals found mostly in bituminous and anthracite coal seams
COAL BED, noun. (geology) A coal seam.
COAL BLACK, adjective. Of a black colour, like that of coal.
COAL BLACK, noun. A black colour, like that of coal; charcoal.
COAL DROP, noun. An elevated railway track designed to allow material to fall freely between the rails onto the ground beneath. It is used to rapidly unload hoppers containing coal and other bulk materials.
COAL DROPS, noun. Plural of coal drop
COAL GAS, noun. (petrochemistry) The poisonous gas, used domestically for cooking etc and formerly for lighting, prepared by heating coal with steam; it is a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide; synthesis gas or town gas.
COAL MINE, noun. A mine from which coal ore or coal minerals are mined.
COAL MINES, noun. Plural of coal mine
COAL OIL, noun. (regional) kerosene or any unspecified lower grade derivative of crude petroleum
COAL SCUTTLE HELMET, noun. (military) (slang) a style of soldier's helmet that looks the same or similar to the helmet used by current Chilean soldiery, German soldiery at the end of WWI during WWII, and Chinese soldiery during the Second Sino-Japanese War
COAL SEAM, noun. (geology) A stratum of coal between strata of other rocks.
COAL TAR, noun. A black, viscous tar made by the destructive distillation of coal (to make coke and town gas); it contains a great number of compounds including hydrocarbons and phenols; used in the preparation of medicated soap and shampoo, and industrially for the manufacture of very many products.
COAL TARS, noun. Plural of coal tar
COAL TIT, noun. One of the smallest birds of the tit family Paridae, Periparus ater, with a black cap, white nape patch and greyish body with buff underparts.
COAL TIT, noun. Periparus melanolophus, the similar black-crested tit.
COAL TITS, noun. Plural of coal tit

Dictionary definition

COAL, noun. Fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period.
COAL, noun. A hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering.
COAL, verb. Burn to charcoal; "Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything".
COAL, verb. Supply with coal.
COAL, verb. Take in coal; "The big ship coaled".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats