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Definition of lube

1 : lubricant
2 : an application of a lubricant : lubrication

Examples of lube in a Sentence

He took his car to the garage for a lube and oil change.

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For a nation swamped in conspiracy theories, the mystery of whether these are flesh-and-full-bladdered humans typing somewhere in a high-vis vest as a conveyor belt full of slogan T-shirts and bulk lube rattles beside them is tantalizing. Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic, "Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad," 16 Aug. 2019 Dave Patterson, a construction worker playing pool in the corner of the restaurant who hopes Trump is elected to a second term, said his 26-year-old son makes $11 per hour as a lube tech mechanic at a GM Buick dealership. Los Angeles Times, "Beers, nostalgia and worry in Michigan as historic GM plant closes," 28 July 2019 If the swelling is intense or uncomfortable, though, gently slide the ring off with the help of some lube. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Why Cock Rings Are the Underrated Sex Toy Your Life Is Missing," 12 Mar. 2018 To avoid bleeding during partnered anal, go slowly, gently, and with a ton of lube. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Is Bleeding Normal After Anal Sex?," 23 Feb. 2019 Zvolerin is optimistic that such specialty lubes will help revitalize the market. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "There’s a stigma around lube. These brands want to change that.," 14 Dec. 2018 Fortunately, there’s also an easy solution to your wetness issue: lube. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Why Is My Vagina Always So Dry During Sex?," 11 Oct. 2018 There is a seemingly endless thirst for DIY/household lube alternatives, but Planned Parenthood warns against most of them, as lotions, baby oil, and Vaseline can be irritating, and can also break condoms. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Sex-Ed From Vanderpump Rules," 30 May 2018 The result is that young people use lube inconsistently, if at all. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "There’s a stigma around lube. These brands want to change that.," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of lube

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lube

short for lubricating oil

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English Language Learners Definition of lube

: the act of putting lubricant on the moving parts of a vehicle

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