Meaning of OIL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɔɪl ]

( oils, oiling, oiled)

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


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.



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


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


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


Oils are oil paintings .

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

N-COUNT : usu pl


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.



see also castor oil , crude oil , olive oil


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


to burn the midnight oil: see midnight

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