Meaning of OIL in English

OIL

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɔɪl ]

( oils, oiling, oiled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.

Oil is a smooth, thick liquid that is used as a fuel and for making the parts of machines move smoothly. Oil is found underground.

The company buys and sells about 600,000 barrels of oil a day.

...the rapid rise in prices for oil and petrol.

...a small oil lamp.

N-MASS

2.

If you oil something, you put oil onto or into it, for example to make it work smoothly or to protect it.

A crew of assistants oiled and adjusted the release mechanism until it worked perfectly...

VERB : V n

3.

Oil is a smooth, thick liquid made from plants and is often used for cooking.

Combine the beans, chopped mint and olive oil in a large bowl...

N-MASS : usu n N

4.

Oil is a smooth, thick liquid, often with a pleasant smell, that you rub into your skin or add to your bath.

Try a hot bath with some relaxing bath oil...

N-MASS : usu supp N

5.

Oils are oil paintings .

Her colourful oils and works on paper have a naive, dreamlike quality.

N-COUNT : usu pl

6.

When an artist paints in oils , he or she uses oil paints.

When she paints in oils she always uses the same range of colours.

N-PLURAL

7.

see also castor oil , crude oil , olive oil

8.

If someone or something oils the wheels of a process or system, they help things to run smoothly and successfully.

On all such occasions, the king stands in the wings, oiling the wheels of diplomacy.

PHRASE : V inflects

9.

to burn the midnight oil: see midnight

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