liniment

noun
lin·​i·​ment | \ ˈli-nə-mənt How to pronounce liniment (audio) \

Definition of liniment

: a liquid or semiliquid preparation that is applied to the skin as an anodyne or a counterirritant For four or five days afterward, she felt poorly. Friends came to see about her. Some made camomile tea; others rubbed her with liniment— Toni Morrison … after your walk, soak your feet in warm, not hot, water, followed with some kind of cooling liniment.Prevention

Examples of liniment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only constant was the way people put on their stickers: all of them with such tenderness as if rubbing liniment into the injustice. Steve Hartman, CBS News, 30 Oct. 2020 Elixir bottles can be exchanged for wellness liniments of equal or lesser value. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 19 May 2020 With the patent medicine business in its prime, elixirs and liniments promised relief from every complaint under the sun. Lloyd Minor, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2019 Pheeranut and Tapanat, who had driven separately from Bangkok, waited in a trainer’s room that smelled of liniment. Shashank Bengalistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2019 Pheeranut and Tapanat, who had driven separately from Bangkok, waited in a trainer’s room that smelled of liniment. Shashank Bengalistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2019 In other words, Varejao endorsed the use of arnica do mato as a liniment. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 4 May 2016

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First Known Use of liniment

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liniment

Middle English, from Late Latin linimentum, from Latin linere to smear — more at lime

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The first known use of liniment was in the 15th century

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“Liniment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liniment. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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liniment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of liniment

: a liquid that is rubbed on your skin to relieve pain or stiffness in your muscles

liniment

noun
lin·​i·​ment | \ ˈli-nə-mənt How to pronounce liniment (audio) \

Kids Definition of liniment

: a liquid medicine rubbed on the skin to ease pain

liniment

noun
lin·​i·​ment | \ ˈlin-ə-mənt How to pronounce liniment (audio) \

Medical Definition of liniment

: a liquid or semiliquid preparation that is applied to the skin as an anodyne or a counterirritant

called also embrocation

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