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coin (verb) make coins; invent; form.
To make coins of metal is to coin them. Mints coin money. That is, mints stamp pieces of metal or alloys into coins, that is, pieces of money. To coin also means to invent. When you speak lies about others, to slander them, to spread bad talk about them, you coin rumors or scandals. Sometimes a new word or expression is coined by writers following important discoveries and inventions. An example of such is website, which was newly formed with the development of computer science.
- As coins last much longer than currency notes, and therefore cost less to mint, most governments issue coins rather than notes for money of smaller denominations.
- The word blog, meaning a newspaper issued on the internet by an individual, has been recently coined from the fusing of the expressions, web and log.