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 for Coal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coal \Coal\ (k[=o]l), n. [AS. col; akin to D. kool, OHG. chol,
     cholo, G. kohle, Icel. kol, pl., Sw. kol, Dan. kul; cf. Skr.
     jval to burn. Cf. Kiln, Collier.]
     1. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited,
        fragment from wood or other combustible substance;
        charcoal.
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     2. (Min.) A black, or brownish black, solid, combustible
        substance, dug from beds or veins in the earth to be used
        for fuel, and consisting, like charcoal, mainly of carbon,
        but more compact, and often affording, when heated, a
        large amount of volatile matter.
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     Note: This word is often used adjectively, or as the first
           part of self-explaining compounds; as, coal-black; coal
           formation; coal scuttle; coal ship. etc.
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     Note: In England the plural coals is used, for the broken
           mineral coal burned in grates, etc.; as, to put coals
           on the fire. In the United States the singular in a
           collective sense is the customary usage; as, a hod of
           coal.
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     Age of coal plants. See Age of Acrogens, under Acrogen.
        
  
     Anthracite or Glance coal. See Anthracite.
  
     Bituminous coal. See under Bituminous.
  
     Blind coal. See under Blind.
  
     Brown coal or Brown Lignite. See Lignite.
  
     Caking coal, a bituminous coal, which softens and becomes
        pasty or semi-viscid when heated. On increasing the heat,
        the volatile products are driven off, and a coherent,
        grayish black, cellular mass of coke is left.
  
     Cannel coal, a very compact bituminous coal, of fine
        texture and dull luster. See Cannel coal.
  
     Coal bed (Geol.), a layer or stratum of mineral coal.
  
     Coal breaker, a structure including machines and machinery
        adapted for crushing, cleansing, and assorting coal.
  
     Coal field (Geol.), a region in which deposits of coal
        occur. Such regions have often a basinlike structure, and
        are hence called coal basins. See Basin.
  
     Coal gas, a variety of carbureted hydrogen, procured from
        bituminous coal, used in lighting streets, houses, etc.,
        and for cooking and heating.
  
     Coal heaver, a man employed in carrying coal, and esp. in
        putting it in, and discharging it from, ships.
  
     Coal measures. (Geol.)
        (a) Strata of coal with the attendant rocks.
        (b) A subdivision of the carboniferous formation, between
            the millstone grit below and the Permian formation
            above, and including nearly all the workable coal beds
            of the world.
  
     Coal oil, a general name for mineral oils; petroleum.
  
     Coal plant (Geol.), one of the remains or impressions of
        plants found in the strata of the coal formation.
  
     Coal tar. See in the Vocabulary.
  
     To haul over the coals, to call to account; to scold or
        censure. [Colloq.]
  
     Wood coal. See Lignite.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coal \Coal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coaled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Coaling.]
     1. To burn to charcoal; to char. [R.]
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              Charcoal of roots, coaled into great pieces.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     2. To mark or delineate with charcoal. --Camden.
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     3. To supply with coal; as, to coal a steamer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coal \Coal\, v. i.
     To take in coal; as, the steamer coaled at Southampton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  coal
      n 1: fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter
           deposited in the Carboniferous period
      2: a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and
         is glowing or smoldering [syn: ember, coal]
      v 1: burn to charcoal; "Without a drenching rain, the forest
           fire will char everything" [syn: char, coal]
      2: supply with coal
      3: take in coal; "The big ship coaled"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "coal":
     alcohol, anthracite, ash, ashes, benzine, blaze, blister, brand,
     briquette, brown coal, bunker, burn, burn in, burn off, burnable,
     burning ember, butane, calx, carbon, cast, cater, cauterize, char,
     charcoal, cinder, clinker, coke, combustible, coom, crack, crow,
     cupel, detonate, dope, dross, ebon, ebony, ember, ethane, ethanol,
     explode, feed, fill up, fireball, firebrand, firing, flame,
     flammable, flammable material, forage, found, fuel, fuel additive,
     fuel dope, fuel up, fulminate, fume, gas, gas carbon, gas up,
     gasoline, heptane, hexane, inflammable, inflammable material, ink,
     isooctane, jet, jet fuel, kerosene, lava, lignite, live coal,
     methane, methanol, natural gas, night, octane, oil, oxidate,
     oxidize, paraffin, parch, peat, pentane, pitch, propane,
     propellant, provender, provision, purvey, pyrolyze, raven, reek,
     refuel, rocket fuel, scorch, scoria, sea coal, sear, sell, singe,
     slag, sloe, smoke, smudge, smut, solder, soot, stoke, sullage,
     swinge, tar, top off, torrefy, turf, vesicate, victual, vulcanize,
     weld
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Coal
     It is by no means certain that the Hebrews were acquainted with
     mineral coal, although it is found in Syria. Their common fuel
     was dried dung of animals and wood charcoal. Two different words
     are found in Hebrew to denote coal, both occurring in Prov.
     26:21, "As coal [Heb. peham; i.e., "black coal"] is to burning
     coal [Heb. gehalim]." The latter of these words is used in Job
     41:21; Prov. 6:28; Isa. 44:19. The words "live coal" in Isa. 6:6
     are more correctly "glowing stone." In Lam. 4:8 the expression
     "blacker than a coal" is literally rendered in the margin of the
     Revised Version "darker than blackness." "Coals of fire" (2 Sam.
     22:9, 13; Ps. 18:8, 12, 13, etc.) is an expression used
     metaphorically for lightnings proceeding from God. A false
     tongue is compared to "coals of juniper" (Ps. 120:4; James 3:6).
     "Heaping coals of fire on the head" symbolizes overcoming evil
     with good. The words of Paul (Rom. 12:20) are equivalent to
     saying, "By charity and kindness thou shalt soften down his
     enmity as surely as heaping coals on the fire fuses the metal in
     the crucible."
     

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Coal -- U.S. County in Oklahoma
     Population (2000):    6031
     Housing Units (2000): 2744
     Land area (2000):     518.220288 sq. miles (1342.184327 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    3.074923 sq. miles (7.964014 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    521.295211 sq. miles (1350.148341 sq. km)
     Located within:       Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
     Location:             34.577081 N, 96.296455 W
     Headwords:
      Coal
      Coal, OK
      Coal County
      Coal County, OK
  

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