Coal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |koʊl|  American pronunciation of the word coal
Brit.  |kəʊl|  British pronunciation of the word coal


- fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period
- a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering (syn: ember)


- burn to charcoal (syn: char)
- supply with coal
- take in coal


When the coals are red, they are very hot.

I toasted one last marshmallow over the coals of the campfire.

In this harbour a vessel can coal.

We have now finished coaling at the site.

Put some coal on the fire.

Red hot coals glowed in the grate.

Grill over hot coals for two minutes.

The big ship coaled

Coal is a form of carbon.

The annual production of coal

They bunkered just enough coal to get them to the port.

Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.

The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces.

The power station burns coal from the Ruhr region.

The coal train ran off the rails.

Word forms

singular: coal
plural: coals
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