grease[grēs; for v., also grēz]
- melted animal fat
- any thick, oily substance or lubricant, esp. the substance that is put on the moving parts of automobiles and other machines to make them run smoothly
- an inflammation of the skin of a horse's fetlock or pastern characterized by cracked skin and an oily dischargealso grease heel
- the oily substance in uncleaned wool; suint
- an uncleaned fleecealso grease wool
Origin of greaseMiddle English gresse ; from Old French craisse ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form crassia ; from Classical Latin crassus, fat, thick: see crass
in (the) grease
- fat and ready to be killed: said of game animals
- in an uncleaned condition: said of wood or fur
- Soft or melted animal fat, especially after rendering.
- A thick oil or viscous substance, especially when used as a lubricant.
- a. The oily substance present in raw wool; suint.b. Raw wool that has not been cleansed of this oily substance.
- Slang Something, such as money or influence, that facilitates the attainment of an object or a desire: accepted some grease to fix the outcome of the race.
transitive verbgreased greased, greas·ing, greas·es
- To coat, smear, or soil with grease: greased the pie pan.
- To lubricate with grease.
- To facilitate the progress of.
- Slang To kill. See Note at greasy.
Origin of greaseMiddle English grese, from Anglo-Norman grece, from Vulgar Latin *crassia, from Latin crassus, fat, thick.
(third-person singular simple present greases, present participle greasing, simple past and past participle greased)
- To put grease or fat on something, especially in order to lubricate.
- (informal) To bribe.
- (slang, aviation) To perform a landing extraordinarily smoothly.
- To my amazement, I greased the landing despite the tricky crosswinds.
- (slang) To kill, murder.
- Fatcats who can't be greased by the mob's money are greased the hard way.