self-lu·​bri·​cat·​ing ˌself-ˈlü-brə-ˌkā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-lubricating (audio)
: having or relating to the ability to provide its own lubricant
Self-lubricating bearings work by having lubricant impregnated within the sliding layer of the bearing. … As the bearing operates, the lubricant is released through pores in the sliding layer, lubricating the bearing
a material with self-lubricating properties

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-lubricating was in 1842

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“Self-lubricating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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