drilling fluid

noun

variants or drilling mud
: a mixture of clay and other chemicals with oil or water that is circulated around the drill bit in oil-well drilling in order to lubricate and cool the bit, flush rock cuttings to the surface, and plaster the side of the well to prevent cave-ins

Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drilling fluid was in 1913

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“Drilling fluid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drilling%20fluid. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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