Meaning of GREASE in English


I. ˈgrēs noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English grese, grees, from Old French craisse, graisse, cresse, gresse, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin crassia, from Latin crassus fat + -ia -y — more at hurdle


a. : rendered animal fat especially when softer than tallow, inedible, and obtained from waste products

b. : fatty tissue : fatness

put some grease on those thin bones of yours — S.H.Adams

c. : oily matter or a thick oily or buttery preparation especially when not fine or pure

d. : a thick lubricant (as a petroleum oil thickened with a metallic soap)

axle grease

silicone greases


a. : grease heel

b. : cutaneous horsepox of the pasterns

3. or grease wool : wool as it comes from the sheep retaining the natural oils or fats

- in grease

II. -ēs, -ēz — for -s/-z regional differences see greasy verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English gresen, from grese, grees, n.

transitive verb


a. : to smear or daub with grease

grease a cake pan

b. : to lubricate with grease

c. : to soil with grease

2. : to influence or persuade by gifts or bribes

long-striking soft-coal miners would return to the pits in a two-week truce, greased by retroactive pay — Newsweek

3. : to smooth or make easy of passage

bribes greased their path

: facilitate , expedite

this greases the decline in department store sales — Wall Street Journal

4. slang : to land (a plane) smoothly

greased the plane down the rain-slick runway — B.M.Bowie

intransitive verb

slang : to make a smooth landing with a plane

he greased in on the first hundred feet of runway — Hugh Fosburgh

- grease the hand

- grease the wheels

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.