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Definitions of oil

  1. administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
  2. cover with oil, as if by rubbing; " oil the wooden surface"
  3. oil paint used by an artist
  4. a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
  5. any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants
  6. Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc. They are of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin and of varied composition, and they are variously used for food, for solvents, for anointing, lubrication, illumination, etc. By extension, any substance of an oily consistency; as, oil of vitriol.
  7. To smear or rub over with oil; to lubricate with oil; to anoint with oil.
  8. An inflammable fatty liquid, insoluble in water, but soluble in ther, obtained from various animal and vegetable substances; a greenish- brown liquid found in rock or other mineral substance, and very inflammable: called also petroleum.
  9. To lubricate with oil.
  10. Oiler, Oiliness.
  11. The juice from the fruit of the olive- tree: any greasy liquid.
  12. To smear or anoint with oil.
  13. The unctuous juice of the olive; any liquid grease.
  14. To lubricate or anoint with oil.
  15. A greasy liquid, of vegetable or animal origin, insoluble in water.
  16. An unctuous liquid drawn from various animal and vegetable substances.
  17. A highly inflammable fatty liquid expressed or obtained from various animals, from many vegetable substances, and as a natural product from the earth.
  18. To smear or rub over with oil.

Usage examples for oil

  1. The oil would be spoiled. – Out of the Triangle by Mary E. Bamford
  2. There was less pressure to the wind, and the seas rose and fell, sweeping past them like moving hills of oil. – "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea by Morgan Robertson
  3. It was your shot, as you fell through the trap, broke the oil- lamp. – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  4. Doctor Dorn talked more, telling us how we would have to learn to live with less and less light so that the oil would last as long as possible. – Out of the Earth by George Edrich
  5. Mebbe he hasn't found the oil yet. – The Bad Man by Charles Hanson Towne
  6. There is a natural oil of the hair, which is far superior to either Rowland's Macassar Oil or any other oil! – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  7. I'm in oil myself- in a small way, of course. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  8. This fellow had money, too, and hair oil. – Life On The Mississippi, Part 1. by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  9. There seems to be a lot of oil there. – The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
  10. There was no oil. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  11. There was little enough of it and it was hard work carrying the oil up the steep trail. – The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Train Robert Williams Wood
  12. Only to Moya did she tell what had happened to the chimney, so that she might prepare breakfast on the oil stove. – Ethel Morton at Rose House by Mabell S. C. Smith
  13. Train oil from the captured animals was used for lighting. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  14. He then turned their attention to an oil painting hanging on the wall just above his head. – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  15. A few oil lamps gave a feeble light here and there. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  16. She thought he had just put it out, since she noted a smell of oil. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  17. In the course of the day an oil stove in the kitchen was lighted. – If You're Going to Live in the Country by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  18. Watch oil is made from the porpoise' jaw, and I have not seen anything to equal it. – History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome by Chauncey Jerome
  19. A rush is burning in a cup of oil upon the table, casting a feeble glimmer round the empty room. – A Set of Rogues by Frank Barrett
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