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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a can for holding oil, esp. one with a spout, used for lubricating machinery, etc.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A can for oil, especially a can with a spout constructed to release oil drop by drop, as for lubricating machinery. Also called oiler.