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gris; gris, grizgrease

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grease, lubricating oilnoun

    a thick fatty oil (especially one used to lubricate machinery)

  2. dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grungeverb

    the state of being covered with unclean things

  3. greaseverb

    lubricate with grease

    "grease the wheels"


  1. greasenoun

    Animal fat in a melted or soft state

  2. greasenoun

    Any oily or fatty matter.

  3. greasenoun

    Shorn but not yet cleansed wool

  4. greasenoun

    Inflammation of a horse's heels, also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis.

  5. greaseverb

    To put grease or fat on something, especially in order to lubricate.

  6. greaseverb

    To bribe.

  7. greaseverb

    To perform a landing extraordinarily smoothly.

    To my amazement, I greased the landing despite the tricky crosswinds.

  8. greaseverb

    To kill, murder.

    Fatcats who can't be greased by the mob's money are greased the hard way.

  9. Etymology: From grece, from graisse, from crassus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GREASEnoun

    Etymology: graisse, French.

    Grease, that’s sweaten
    From the murth’rer’s gibbet, throw
    Into the flame. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    To take out a spot of grease they use a coal upon brown paper. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Thou hop’st, with sacrifice of oxen slain,
    To compass wealth, and bribe the god of gain
    To give thee flocks and herds, with large increase;
    Fool! to expect them from a bullock’s grease. John Dryden, Juv.

    A girdle, foul with grease, binds his obscene attire. Dryd.

  2. To Greaseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Envy not the store
    Of the greas’d advocate that grinds the poor. John Dryden, Pers.


  1. Grease

    Grease is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. "Grease" is the title song for the 1978 musical motion picture Grease, which was based on the stage play of the same name. It sold over seven million copies worldwide and was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track. This track was specifically written for the 1978 musical motion picture and was not used in the stage production of Grease.


  1. grease

    Grease is a thick, oily substance that is typically used to lubricate machinery, engines or other mechanical parts to reduce friction and wear. It is usually made from a combination of oil, soap and other additives to add certain properties such as water resistance or added viscosity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greasenoun

    animal fat, as tallow or lard, especially when in a soft state; oily or unctuous matter of any kind

  2. Greasenoun

    an inflammation of a horse's heels, suspending the ordinary greasy secretion of the part, and producing dryness and scurfiness, followed by cracks, ulceration, and fungous excrescences

  3. Greaseverb

    to smear, anoint, or daub, with grease or fat; to lubricate; as, to grease the wheels of a wagon

  4. Greaseverb

    to bribe; to corrupt with presents

  5. Greaseverb

    to cheat or cozen; to overreach

  6. Greaseverb

    to affect (a horse) with grease, the disease

  7. Etymology: [OE. grese, grece, F. graisse; akin to gras fat, greasy, fr. LL. grassus thick, fat, gross, L. crassus. Cf. Crass.]


  1. Grease

    Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love. The score attempts to recreate the sounds of early rock and roll. In its record-breaking original Broadway production, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show. Subsequent productions sanitized it and tamed it down. The show tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict. Grease was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago, located in an old trolley barn. From there, it has been successful on both stage and screen, but the content has changed drastically and its teenage characters have become less Chicago habitués and more generic. At the time that it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history, although it was surpassed by A Chorus Line a few years later. It went on to become a West End hit, a hugely successful film, two popular Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007, and a staple of regional theatre, summer stock, community theatre, and high school and middle school drama groups. It remains Broadway's fourteenth longest-running show.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grease

    grēs, n. soft thick animal fat: oily matter of any kind: an inflammation in the heels of a horse, marked by swelling, &c.—v.t. (sometimes pron. grēz) to smear with grease, to lubricate—also used figuratively, to cause to go easily: (obs.) to bribe—as in to 'grease the palm.'—adv. Greas′ily.—n. Greas′iness.—adj. Greas′y, of or like grease or oil: smeared with grease: smooth: fat. [O. Fr. gresse, fatness, gras, fat—L. crassus, gross.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grease in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of grease in a Sentence

  1. Chris Galarza:

    It’s not true at all that gas stoves cook better, in fact, you can cook about 38.6 pounds of food per hour with your gas range, and it’s going to take time and elbow grease to clean and degrease it afterward. With induction, you can cook 70.9 pounds of food per hour – nearly double the amount of food – and your clean up is going to be a lot easier.

  2. Joe Montana:

    I loved the grease. I loved the salt. I loved the red meat— I liked all that stuff, so changing a lifestyle was tough at first, but then you start getting used to the [healthy] things-- especially with Jennifer, she made it a lot easier because she eats a lot more healthier than I did and even still do.

  3. Jane Greer:

    Laughing at and appreciating the same comedy is the emotional oil to grease the wheels of a relationship to keep it moving forward, it gives each of you the resilience you need to laugh off the petty and irrelevant things that naturally build up in life and offers more chances to bond intimately on a regular basis.

  4. Italo Calvino:

    Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top.

  5. William James:

    Our minds thus grow in spots and like grease spots, the spots spread. But we let them spread as little as possible we keep unaltered as much of our old knowledge, as many of our old prejudices and beliefs, as we can.

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