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noun Coal
  1. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited, fragment from wood or other combustible substance; charcoal.
  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 coal.

Etymology: 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

verb Coal
  1. To burn to charcoal; to char.(R)"Charcoal of roots, coaled into great pieces." [Bacon.]
  2. To mark or delineate with charcoal.
  3. To supply with coal; as, to coal a steamer.
verb Coal
To take in coal; as, the steamer coaled at Southampton.
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  1. A hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering
  2. Fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period
  3. Take in coal ("The big ship coaled")
  4. Supply with coal
  5. Burn to charcoal

From Middle English cole, from Old English col, from Proto-Germanic *kulą (compare West Frisian koal, Dutch kool, German Kohle, Danish kul), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷol- (compare Old Irish gúal (“coal”), Tocharian B śoliye (“hearth”), Persian زغال (zuγāl, “live coal”)), from *ǵwelH- (“to glow, burn”) (compare Lithuanian žvìlti (“to twinkle, glow”), Sanskrit ज्वलति (jvalati, “to burn, glow”)).

  1. (uncountable) A black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.
  2. (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.
    Put some on the fire.
    Put some on the fire.
  3. (countable) A type of coal, such as bituminous, anthracite, or lignite, and grades and varieties thereof.
  4. (countable) A glowing or charred piece of coal, wood, or other solid fuel.
    Just as the camp-fire died down to just , with no flames to burn the marshmallows, someone dumped a whole load of wood on, so I gave up and went to bed.
  5. Charcoal.

Notable Persons Named Coal

Coal Tiger is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Coal

Wande Coal is a rhythm and blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Wande was given the name Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe on October 18th, 1985 in Lagos. Wande is also known as Wande Coal.


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Fun Facts about the name Coal

  • How Popular is the name Coal? Coal is the 30,309th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Coal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 155 babies born with the first name Coal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Coal to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Coal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Coal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Coal is Tuesday, March 11th, 1913.
  • What year had the most people named Coal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Coal was in 2016 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Coal: Your name in reverse order is Laoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aloc. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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