- coalW2S3 [kəul US koul] n[: Old English; Origin: col]1.) [U]a hard black mineral which is dug out of the ground and burnt to produce heat▪ Put some coal on the fire.▪ the coal mining industry▪ a lump of coal2.) [C usually plural]a piece of coal, especially one that is burning▪ Red hot coals glowed in the grate.3.) [C usually plural] AmEa piece of wood or coal that is burning→↑charcoal▪ Grill over hot coals for four to five minutes.4.) carry/take coals to NewcastleBrE to take something to a place where there is already plenty of it available5.) haul/rake/drag sb over the coalsto speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.