: 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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Word History


short for lubricant or lubrication

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lube was in 1926

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“Lube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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