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Definition of "oil" []

  • Any of numerous mineral, vegetable, and synthetic substances and animal and 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. (noun)
  • Petroleum. (noun)
  • A petroleum derivative, such as a machine oil or lubricant. (noun)
  • A substance with an oily consistency. (noun)
  • Oil paint. (noun)
  • Any of a number of viscous liquids with a smooth sticky feel. They are usually flammable, insoluble in water, soluble in organic solvents, and are obtained from plants and animals, from mineral deposits, and by synthesis. They are used as lubricants, fuels, perfumes, foodstuffs, and raw materials for chemicals (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Any of a number of substances usually derived from petroleum and used for lubrication (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A petroleum product used as a fuel in domestic heating, industrial furnaces, marine engines, etc (noun)
  • Paraffin, esp when used as a domestic fuel (noun)
  • Any substance of a consistency resembling that of oil (noun)
  • The solvent, usually linseed oil, with which pigments are mixed to make artists' paints (noun)
  • Oil colour or paint (noun)
  • An oil painting (noun)
  • To lubricate, smear, polish, etc, with oil or an oily substance (verb)
  • To bribe (esp in the phrase oil someone's palm) (verb)

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Use "oil" in a sentence
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  • "George W. Bush runs the risk of alienating the world’s biggest source of oil with his plan to end America’s “oil addiction”, Opec delegates, oil ministers, energy experts and even some environmentalists said yesterday."
  • "Add 12 ounces of beeswax to a gallon of linseed oil, and boil it two hours; prime the cloth with this mixture, and use the same in place of _boiled oil_ for mixing the paint."