oil

oil [oil]
n.
[ME oile < OFr < L oleum, oil, olive oil < Gr elaion, (olive) oil, akin to elaia,OLIVE]
1. any of various kinds of greasy, combustible substances obtained from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources: oils are liquid at ordinary temperatures and soluble in certain organic solvents, as ether, but not in water
2. PETROLEUM
3. any of various substances having the consistency of oil
4.
a) OIL COLOR
b) OIL PAINTING
5. Informal smooth, hypocritical flattery
vt.
1. to smear, lubricate, or supply with oil
2. to bribe: chiefly in oil the palm (or hand) of
adj.
of, from, like, or yielding oil, or having to do with the production or use of oil
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pour oil on troubled waters
to settle quarrels, differences, etc. by calm, soothing methods
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☆ strike oil
1. to discover oil under the ground by drilling a shaft for it
2. to become suddenly wealthy
oiled
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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