from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See spark-arrester, 3.
  • n. A coil of many turns of insulated wire on an iron core, used for producing a spark by opening the circuit of the coil, for electric gas-lighting, igniting the charge in the gas or gasolene engine-cylinder, etc.


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  • Then I connected the batteries, supplied the new spark-coil, selected a new spark-plug at random, and screwed it in.

    The River and I

  • He succeeded in digging up a spark-coil -- and that is all I ever saw of the engine.

    The River and I

  • Considering the size of that reward, he had undoubtedly become greatly attached to his spark-coil!

    The River and I

  • By changing the wiring he was finally able to evoke a desultory response from the spark-coil, and a little later to start the motor after some limping fashion.

    The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush


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