What does coal mean?

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  1. (uncountable) A black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.
  2. (countable) A piece of coal used for burning. Note that in British English either of the following examples could be used, whereas the latter would be more common in American English.
  3. (countable) A type of coal, such as bituminous, anthracite, or lignite, and grades and varieties thereof.
  4. (countable) A glowing or charred piece of coal, wood, or other solid fuel.
  5. Charcoal.
  1. (intransitive) To take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships).
  2. (intransitive) To be converted to charcoal.
  3. (transitive) To burn to charcoal; to char.
  4. (transitive) To mark or delineate with charcoal.
  5. (transitive) To supply with coal.
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