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oil

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noun \ˈȯi(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of oil

  • : a thick, black liquid that comes from the ground and that is used in making various products (such as gasoline)

  • : a type of oil that is used as a fuel to produce heat or light

  • : a type of oil that makes the different parts in an engine, machine, etc., run smoothly

Full Definition of oil

  1. 1 a :  any of numerous unctuous combustible substances that are liquid or can be liquefied easily on warming, are soluble in ether but not in water, and leave a greasy stain on paper or cloth b (1) :  petroleum (2) :  the petroleum industry

  2. 2 :  a substance (as a cosmetic preparation) of oily consistency <bath oil>

  3. 3 a :  an oil color used by an artist b :  a painting done in oil colors

  4. 4 :  unctuous or flattering speech

Examples of oil

  1. The price of crude oil is expected to rise.

  2. We heat our house with oil.

  3. A little bit of oil will help lubricate the chain.

  4. Add a little oil to the pan and stir-fry the onions.

  5. The dressing is made with oil, vinegar, and a pinch of herbs.



Origin of oil

Middle English oile, from Anglo-French, from Latin oleum olive oil, from Greek elaion, from elaia olive


First Known Use: 13th century

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oil

verb

Simple Definition of oil

  • : to put oil in or on (something)

Full Definition of oil

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to smear, rub over, furnish, or lubricate with oil

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take on fuel oil

oil the hand or oil the palm
  1. :  bribe, tip

Examples of oil

  1. He oiled the bearings of the machine.

  2. <if you oil the machinery on a regular basis, it will operate more efficiently>



15th Century

First Known Use of oil

15th century

Rhymes with oil


Medical Dictionary

oil

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noun \ˈȯi(ə)l\

Medical Definition of oil

  1. 1:  any of numerous unctuous combustible substances that are liquid or can be liquefied easily on warming, are soluble in ether but not in water, and leave a greasy stain on paper or cloth—see essential oil, fatty oil, volatile oil

  2. 2:  a substance (as a cosmetic preparation) of oily consistency <bath oil>

  3. oil adjective






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