liniment

noun lin·i·ment \ ˈli-nə-mənt \

Definition of liniment

: a liquid or semiliquid preparation that is applied to the skin as an 2anodyne 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

Recent Examples of liniment from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'liniment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of liniment

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


LINIMENT Defined for English Language Learners

liniment

noun

Definition of liniment for English Language Learners

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


LINIMENT Defined for Kids

liniment

noun lin·i·ment \ ˈli-nə-mənt \

Definition of liniment for Students

: a liquid medicine rubbed on the skin to ease pain

Medical Dictionary

liniment

noun lin·i·ment \ ˈlin-ə-mənt \

medical Definition of liniment

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

Learn More about liniment


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up liniment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sticky or viscid

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!