Definitions for OILɔɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of a large class of substances typically unctuous, viscous, combustible, liquid at ordinary temperatures, and soluble in ether or alcohol but not in water.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a substance of this or similar consistency.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. refined or crude petroleum.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. Category: Fine Arts

    Ref: oil color.; oil painting.

  5. unctuous hypocrisy; flattery.

    Category: Informal

  6. an oilskin garment.

  7. (v.t.)to smear, lubricate, or supply with oil.

  8. to bribe.

  9. to convert into oil by melting, as butter.

Origin of oil:

1125–75; ME olie, oile < OF < L oleum, olīvum (olive) oil <*oleivum

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oil(noun)

    a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water

  2. oil, oil color, oil colour(noun)

    oil paint containing pigment that is used by an artist

  3. petroleum, crude oil, crude, rock oil, fossil oil, oil(noun)

    a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

  4. vegetable oil, oil(verb)

    any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants

  5. oil(verb)

    cover with oil, as if by rubbing

    "oil the wooden surface"

  6. anoint, inunct, oil, anele, embrocate(verb)

    administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. oil(noun)ˈɔɪl

    a thick liquid substance taken from plants or animals and used in cooking

    olive/sunflower oil

  2. oilˈɔɪl

    a thick black liquid taken from under the ground

    a Texas oil well; The car needs more oil.

  3. oil(verb)ˈɔɪl

    to put oil on sth

    He was oiling his brakes.


  1. oil(Noun)

    Liquid fat.

  2. oil(Noun)

    Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.

  3. oil(Noun)

    An oil painting.

  4. oil(Verb)

    to lubricate with oil

  5. oil(Verb)

    to grease with oil for cooking

  6. Origin: oile, from olie, from oleum , from ἔλαιον, from ἐλαία. More at olive. Supplanted æle, also from Latin.


  1. Oil

    An oil is any neutral, nonpolar chemical substance, that is a viscous liquid at ambient temperatures, and is immiscible with water but soluble in alcohols or ethers. Oils have a high carbon and hydrogen content and are usually flammable and slippery. Oils may be animal, vegetable, or petrochemical in origin, and may be volatile or non-volatile.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OIL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #966

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OIL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1435

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OIL' in Nouns Frequency: #402

Anagrams of OIL

  1. ILO, LOI

  2. ILO

  3. LOI

Translations for OIL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a usually thick liquid that will not mix with water, obtained from plants, animals and minerals

olive oil; whale oil; vegetable oil; cooking oil; He put some oil on the hinges of the door; The car's engine is in need of oil.

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