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

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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 An oiler acts as an assistant to the large machine operators, maintaining the equipment, and in turn, the operator trains the apprentice on the job. Jacob Gedetsis, kansascity, "High above KC’s changing skyline, crane operators build downtown’s revitalization," 4 Aug. 2017 Talks broke down over disagreements about the role of oilers on building sites, how the GBCA should collect dues and when double time should be paid. Jane M. Von Bergen, Philly.com, "Fragile peace: Crane union may end walkout," 1 July 2017 A few hours earlier, Barkley interrupted Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey talking about the 1984-85 Oilers being voted by NHL fans as the greatest team in league history. Teresa M. Walker, The Denver Post, "Charles Barkley takes up Gary Bettman’s invitation to Stanley Cup Final," 5 June 2017 Oilers on NCAA stage Huntington Beach High had a strong presence at the NCAA men’s volleyball championship, which held its semifinals on Thursday. Barry Faulkner, Daily Pilot, "Hughes aims to complete collegiate legacy," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of oiler

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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