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.

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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. Karl Kopp:

    He worked in the oil industry.

  2. Rick Meckler:

    Oil is confusing for investors.

  3. Sarah Emerson:

    Price dictates the flow of oil.

  4. Carl Icahn:

    I believe that oil will go lower.

  5. Aengus Kelly:

    That's a direct result of low oil.

Images & Illustrations of oil

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