What does oil mean?

Definitions for oilɔɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word oil.

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oil

    oil, n. the juice from the fruit of the olive-tree: any greasy liquid.—v.t. to smear or anoint with oil.—ns. Oil′bag, a bag or cyst in animals containing oil; Oil′cake, a cake made of flax seed from which the oil has been pressed out; Oil′cloth, a painted floorcloth; Oil′-col′our, a colouring substance mixed with oil; Oil′er, one who, or that which, oils: an oil-can: (coll.) a coat of oilskin; Oil′ery, the commodities of an oil-man; Oil′-gas, illuminating gas or heating gas made by distilling oil in closed retorts; Oil′iness; Oil′-man, one who deals in oils; Oil′-mill, a grinding-mill for expressing oil from seeds, nuts, &c.; Oil′nut, the butter-nut of North America; Oil′-paint′ing, a picture painted in oil-colours: the art of painting in oil-colours; Oil′-palm, a palm whose fruit-pulp yields palm-oil; Oil′-press, a machine for expressing oils from seeds or pulp; Oil′skin, cloth made waterproof by means of oil: a garment made of oilskin; Oil′-spring, a spring whose water contains oily matter: a fissure or area from which petroleum, &c. oozes; Oil′stone, a fine-grained kind of stone used, when wetted with oil, for sharpening tools; Oil′-well, a boring made for petroleum.—adj. Oil′y, consisting of, containing, or having the qualities of oil: greasy.—Strike oil (see Strike). [O. Fr. oile (Fr. huile)—L. oleum—Gr. elaionelaia, the olive.]

Editors Contribution

  1. oil

    Is a chemical substance with different consistencies created and used for a variety of purposes.

    There are a variety of consistencies and uses for oil e.g. Fuel, Body oil, Cooking oil, essential oils etc.

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 for oil »

  1. ILO, LOI

  2. ILO

  3. LOI


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oil in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Zaki Yamani, (chief architect of OPEC):

    The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stone, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil.

  2. Julia Zumpano:

    If you don’t like olive oil, use walnut oil, i think peanut oil is fine, I think sunflower oil is fine – any of your polyunsaturated fatty acids.

  3. Washington Irving:

    An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

  4. Hiroyuki Nakai:

    The rally in oil prices is expected to be temporary. I expect oil prices to stay low, and oil importers like Japan will benefit from low oil prices in the long term, the market will likely gradually start pricing in such a positive factor.

  5. David Cockfield:

    Oil doesn't seem to be able to find any point where it can stop falling. We really have to see the price of oil consolidate somewhere, the TSX is going to continue to flounder until we see some light at the end of the tunnel as far as the oil stocks and oil prices are concerned.

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