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Definition of oiled

1 : lubricated, treated, or covered with or as if with oil oiled paper
2 slang : drunk sense 1a

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Examples of oiled in a Sentence

Place the vegetables in the oiled pan. following the fuel spill, the resulting oiled stretch of roadway had to be closed to traffic

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The colony is a well-oiled superorganism, similar to ant and termite colonies. National Geographic, "How honeybees get their jobs—explained," 22 Mar. 2019 And so every day, troubled women sat there, some of whom, like Grace, had made the long journey from the country, a few still wearing traditional beadwork and headdresses, with bare breasts and gleaming, oiled skin. Lynn Freed, Harper's magazine, "We Were So Happy Then," 10 Mar. 2019 Their oiled, waterproof coating and rubber soles will keep your feet dry. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Carefully wipe preheated grates with a lightly oiled paper towel. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 Dinesen Douglas-fir wide planks, his inspiration from the start, extend through most of the house in a natural oiled finish. Erin Geiger Smith, House Beautiful, "Apartment Therapy's Maxwell Ryan's Home Is An Awesome Mix Of Scandinavian And Barnhouse Chic," 9 Jan. 2019 And so the well-oiled white male protector machine has been launched into overdrive. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Christine Blasey Ford Isn’t “Mixed Up.” But the Way We Talk About Sexual Assault Still Is," 18 Sep. 2018 Sprinkle salt and pepper over surface of chicken on both sides and lay chicken skin side down on oiled grate. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 2018 Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium low heat. The Si Staff, SI.com, "When the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo Collide, Make This Brunch," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of oiled

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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oil cup






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The first known use of oiled was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of oiled

: treated or covered with oil

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