oil·​er | \ ˈȯi-lər How to pronounce oiler (audio) \

Definition of oiler

1 : a person who oils something
2 : a receptacle or device for applying oil
3 oilers plural : oilskin sense 3
4 : an auxiliary naval vessel used for refueling at sea

Examples of oiler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By January 1924, the mast had been built and placed aboard a naval oiler at California’s Mare Island Naval Shipyard. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 Tomorrow, a bottle of sparkling wine will be cracked across the prow of the 677-foot oiler, which will bring oil and parts to larger ships. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 On Saturday, Del Toro attended the launch of the Navy oiler Harvey Milk at the General Dynamics-NASSCO shipyard. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 The USNS Harvey Milk is a replenishment oiler, which refuels aircraft carriers at sea. Andy Rose, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 The John Lewis oiler program and NGLS offers the fleet an opportunity to expand its fuel-delivery service. David Axe, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Pelosi and Woodard Spencer praised NASSCO’s workmanship on the ship, John Lewis, which is the first in a new class of Navy oiler vessels. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 The first of six Navy oiler ships in a class bearing Lewis’ name was launched in January in the San Diego shipyard where it was built. Tribune News Service, al, 17 July 2021 The Navy christened its first-in-class replenishment oiler the USNS John Lewis. Kate Pastor, ABC News, 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of oiler

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oiler was circa 1846

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19 Jan 2022

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“Oiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oiler. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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