Oil meaning

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A painting done in oil paint.
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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.
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Any of various substances having the consistency of oil.
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To smear, lubricate, or supply with oil.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Oil paint.
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To lubricate, supply, cover, or polish with oil.
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To bribe.
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Of, from, like, or yielding oil, or having to do with the production or use of oil.
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To lubricate, supply, cover, or polish with oil.
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Any of a large class of viscous liquids that are typically very slippery and greasy. Oils are composed mostly of glycerides. They are flammable, do not mix with water, and include animal and vegetable fats as well as substances of mineral or synthetic origin. They are used in food, soap, and candles, and make good lubricants and fuels.
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Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.
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An oil painting.
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To lubricate with oil.
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To grease with oil for cooking.
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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.
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A protective or cosmetic liquid applied to the skin or hair.
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(informal) Smooth, hypocritical flattery.
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(informal) oil (someone's) hand
  • To bribe:
    An attorney who tried to oil the judge's hand to obtain a favorable verdict.
  • To give a tip to:
    Oiled the porter's palm.
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pour oil on troubled waters
  • to settle quarrels, differences, etc. by calm, soothing methods
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strike oil
  • to discover oil under the ground by drilling a shaft for it
  • to become suddenly wealthy
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Origin of oil

  • Middle English from Old French oile from Latin oleum olive oil from Greek elaiwon, elaion from elaiwā, elaiā olive

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

  • Middle English oile (“olive oil"), from Anglo-Norman olie, from Latin oleum (“oil, olive oil"), from Ancient Greek ἔλαιον (elaion, “olive oil"), from ἐλαία (elaía, “olive"). More at olive. Supplanted Old English æle, also from Latin.

    From Wiktionary