Adjective "coal" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A combustible black or dark brown rock consisting chiefly of carbonized plant matter, found mainly in underground seams and used as fuel.
  1. as modifier 'a coal fire'
  2. 'Surface mining began in the United States in the late eighteenth century, when farmers and others dug coal from exposed coal seams on hillsides and stream banks.'
  3. 'Burning brown coal, using new technologies, is effective and environmentally acceptable.'
  4. 'And it offers tax credits for alternative fuels, including wind power and clean coal.'
  5. 'China has introduced a tax on high-sulphur coals, and in Beijing established 40 ‘coal-free zones’.'
  6. 'The plant burns lignite coal from the Maritsa Iztok mining complex and produces a large amount of sulphur dioxide.'
  7. 'This increase was in line with a growing demand for coal, especially as coal was used for fuel for steam vessels.'
  8. 'Other members of the committee wanted to build nothing more than a horse-drawn railway to bring cheap coal to York.'
  9. 'Wind energy simply cannot employ as many people as the coal industry currently does.'
  10. 'Nine coal miners have been rescued following more than three days trapped underground.'
  11. 'Coal bed methane is a type of natural gas found in underground coal seams.'
  12. 'men were loading coals into a wagon'
  13. 'Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves.'
  14. 'Abraham bade Yitsak carry the wood for the sacrifice, and he himself carried a knife and the coals for starting the fire.'
  15. 'When the sun sinks over the western horizon, he claimed, these slopes glow fiery crimson like the coals of a roaring furnace.'
  16. 'Hundreds looked on in amazement as more than 50 people defied their instincts and walked barefoot over hot coals.'
  17. 'The fire was never lit in time, the chicken was black on the outside and raw on the inside, and the rain stayed away until just before the first prawn was thrown on the coals.'
  18. 'She saw the burning hot coals and wondered what torture they were going to submit her to.'
  19. 'Why is it possible for bare feet to touch red-hot coals without getting burned?'
  20. 'If barbecuing, allow 40 minutes for the coals to heat up.'
  21. 'The coals should be glowing hot; the griddle should be at a medium-high heat.'
  22. 'Walking on hot coals is not easy and Kashmiri coals are among the hottest.'
  23. 'Red-hot coals provide uniform heat for quite some time and can be easily rekindled whenever needed.'
  24. 'Throw some fresh thyme into the coals and proceed to cook the fish, turning periodically, or between sips of your chosen tipple.'


Provide with a supply of coal.
  1. 'Details range from swimming instruction for boy seaman recruits at HMS Ganges to how Naval vessels were coaled.'
  2. 'The system of 27 Pyle-O-Lite floodlights were to be located on 3-120 foot galvanized steel towers as well as on top of both West Toronto and Lambton coaling plants.'
  3. 'The United States wanted Japan to provide coaling stations for American ships in the new age of steamships.'
  4. 'After coupling to the coach, No. 823 was coaled manually and then had to reverse down the shed road to be oiled and greased for the return journey.'
  5. 'we have now finished coaling at the site'

More definitions

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). verb (used with object)

4. to burn to coal or charcoal.

5. to provide with coal. verb (used without object)

6. to take in coal for fuel. Idioms

7. heap coals of fire on someone's head, to repay evil with good

More examples(as adjective)

"producers can be coal."

"sectors can be coal."

"saws can be coal."

"programs can be coal."

"profits can be coal."

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Old English col (in the senses ‘glowing ember’ and ‘charred remnant’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kool and German Kohle. The sense ‘combustible mineral used as fuel’ dates from Middle English.


coals to Newcastle
haul someone over the coals