- Oil is a slippery liquid that comes from minerals as well as animal and vegetable fat.
- An example of oil is petroleum from beneath the earth
- An example of oil is what you'd mix with vinegar for a salad dressing.
- An example of oil is what cooks use for frying food.
- Oil is defined as to grease something or make something slippery or smooth.
- An example of oil is applying a lubricant to a bike chain.
- An example of oil is putting lotion on someones feet before rubbing them.
This olive oil can be used in salads.
- any of various kinds of greasy, combustible substances obtained from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources: oils are liquid at ordinary temperatures and soluble in certain organic solvents, as ether, but not in water
- any of various substances having the consistency of oil
- oil color
- oil painting
- Informal smooth, hypocritical flattery
Origin of oilMiddle English oile ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin oleum, oil, olive oil ; from Classical Greek elaion, (olive) oil, akin to elaia, olive
- to smear, lubricate, or supply with oil
- to bribe: chiefly in
pour oil on troubled waters
- to discover oil under the ground by drilling a shaft for it
- to become suddenly wealthy
- Any of numerous mineral, vegetable, or synthetic substances or animal or vegetable fats that are generally slippery, combustible, viscous, liquid or liquefiable at room temperatures, soluble in various organic solvents such as ether but not in water, and used in a great variety of products, especially lubricants and fuels.
- a. Petroleum.b. A petroleum derivative, such as a machine oil or lubricant.
- A protective or cosmetic liquid applied to the skin or hair.
- Oil paint.
- A painting done in oil paint.
transitive verboiled oiled, oil·ing, oils
Origin of oilMiddle English, from Old French oile, from Latin oleum, olive oil, from Greek *elaiwon, elaion, from *elaiwā, elaiā, olive.
(countable and uncountable, plural oils)
(third-person singular simple present oils, present participle oiling, simple past and past participle oiled)
- ILO, LOI