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I've looked for the definition of the word "coil" in Oxford dictionary and the definition states:

"Coil - A length of something wound in a joined sequence of concentric rings."

My question is what does it mean "something wound"?

Is the word "something" an intransitive pronoun? I knew just about intransitive verbs but rather than intransitive pronouns. Anyway, I don't know such structure in English.

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    something that is wound -- that's what it means – Michael Rybkin Dec 14 '17 at 18:46
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"Something" is just a noun here and the object of the preposition "of." It's being followed by a participle phrase that begins with the past participle of the verb "to wind," which is "wound."

The meaning is that a coil is a length of something (such as a length of wire or a length of rope) that is wound . . .

I believe there is no such thing as an "intransitive" pronoun. The linguistic concept of transitivity applies only to verbs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transitivity_(grammar)

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