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 Its automatic chain oiler ensures your chain is safe and effective to use. Popular Science, "Four tools every outdoorsman needs," 16 June 2020 Whereas escort carriers, converted from oilers and cargo ships, were much slower. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, "How computational power—or its absence—shaped World War naval battles," 25 Mar. 2020 The supply ship Harvey Milk, a vessel known as a fleet oiler, is slowly taking shape in a San Diego shipyard after the first piece of steel was cut in a ceremony last week. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Shipbuilders begin work on the Navy vessel named for Harvey Milk," 20 Dec. 2019 In a move that signaled an about-face on the issue of gay rights, the Navy on Friday began to construct the USNS Harvey Milk, a fleet oiler that will provide fuel to ships and aircraft. Marisa Iati, BostonGlobe.com, "The Navy made Harvey Milk resign for being gay. Now they’re building a ship named after him.," 15 Dec. 2019 Commissioned a naval officer in 1953, Mr. Hall served aboard the cruiser USS Salem, the USS John Paul, a destroyer, and the USS Truckee, a fleet oiler. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "William C. Hall, a retired Teledyne Energy Systems Inc. marketing manager and an active churchman, dies," 3 June 2019 In 1956, after a stint in the Army, Mr. Sadlowski was hired at 18 to be an oiler at the United States Steel South Works in South Chicago. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Ed Sadlowski, Fiery Steelworkers Insurgent, Dies at 79," 14 June 2018 But the Navy chose NASSCO to build six next-generation fleet oiler ships, work that’s worth about $3.4 billion when engineering is factored in. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "General Dynamics-NASSCO looking to hire up to 1,000 shipbuilders," 30 Mar. 2018 If a chain needs to be tightened, there's both an automatic oiler and an easily adjustable chain system to keep things running smoothly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Let 'Er Rip With These Discounted Chainsaws," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of oiler

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Oiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oiler. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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