(uncountable) A black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.
(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 coals on the fire.
(countable) A type of coal, such as bituminous, anthracite, or lignite, and grades and varieties thereof.
(countable) A glowing or charred piece of coal, wood, or other solid fuel.
- Put some coal on the fire.
- Just as the camp-fire died down to just coals , with no flames to burn the marshmallows, someone dumped a whole load of wood on, so I gave up and went to bed.
* anthracite, bitumin
* bituminous coal, soft coal
* brown coal
* channel coal
* coal ball
* coal bed
* coal black
* coal gas
* coal hole
* coal oil
* coal tar
* coal tit
* coalmine, coal mine
* coals to Newcastle
* hard coal (see: anthracite)
* white coal
To take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships).
* 1890 , (Oscar Wilde), The Picture of Dorian Gray , ch. XVI:
To be converted to charcoal.
* 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 18:
- The light shook and splintered in the puddles. A red glare came from an outward-bound steamer that was coaling .
To burn to charcoal; to char.
* Francis Bacon
- As a result, particles of wood and twigs insufficiently coaled are frequently found at the bottom of such pits.
To mark or delineate with charcoal.
- Charcoal of roots, coaled into great pieces.
To supply with coal.
- to coal a steamer
A person in the business or occupation of producing (digging or mining coal or making charcoal) or in its transporting or commerce.
* 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 224.
(nautical) A vessel carrying a bulk cargo of coal
A nickname used by the traveller community, referring to a non-traveller
- For this reason, the collier took constant care to keep the covering of earth in good order.