lubricant

noun lu·bri·cant \ ˈlü-bri-kənt \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of lubricant

1 : a substance (such as grease) capable of reducing friction, heat, and wear when introduced as a film between solid surfaces
2 : something that lessens or prevents friction or difficulty
  • a social lubricant

lubricant

adjective

Examples of lubricant in a Sentence

  1. The car's axles need more lubricant.

  2. using humor as a social lubricant

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First Known Use of lubricant

circa 1828

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LUBRICANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of lubricant for English Language Learners

  • : a substance (such as grease or oil) that causes something (such as a machine part) to be slippery and to move more smoothly

  • : something that makes it easier for people to work or talk with each other


LUBRICANT Defined for Kids

lubricant

noun lu·bri·cant \ ˈlü-bri-kənt \

Definition of lubricant for Students

: something (as oil or grease) that makes a surface smooth or slippery

Medical Dictionary

1

lubricant

adjective lu·bri·cant \ ˈlü-bri-kənt \

medical Definition of lubricant

: serving to lubricate a surface or part

2

lubricant

noun

medical Definition of lubricant

: a substance that serves to lubricate a surface or part
  • normally, the intestinal passage requires no artificial lubricant
  • —E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu


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