Grease Definition

grēs
greased, greases, greasing
noun
greases
Melted animal fat.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
The oily substance present in raw wool; suint.
American Heritage
An inflammation of the skin of a horse's fetlock or pastern characterized by cracked skin and an oily discharge.
Webster's New World
The oily substance in uncleaned wool; suint.
Webster's New World
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verb
greased, greases, greasing
To coat, smear, or soil with grease.
Greased the pie pan.
American Heritage
To smear or lubricate with grease.
Webster's New World
To influence by giving money to; bribe or tip.
Webster's New World
To facilitate the progress of.
American Heritage
To kill.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
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idiom
grease (someone's) palm
  • To bribe.
American Heritage
in (the) grease
  • fat and ready to be killed
  • in an uncleaned condition
Webster's New World

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Origin of Grease

  • Middle English grese from Anglo-Norman grece from Vulgar Latin crassia from Latin crassus fat, thick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman grece, from Old French graisse, from Latin crassus (“fat, thick”).

    From Wiktionary

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