Meaning of OIL in English

— oilless , adj. — oillessness , n. — oillike , adj.

/oyl/ , n.

1. any of a large class of substances typically unctuous, viscous, combustible, liquid at ordinary temperatures, and soluble in ether or alcohol but not in water: used for anointing, perfuming, lubricating, illuminating, heating, etc.

2. a substance of this or similar consistency.

3. refined or crude petroleum.

4. Painting.

a. See oil color .

b. See oil painting .

5. Informal. unctuous hypocrisy; flattery.

6. an oilskin garment.

7. Australian and New Zealand Slang. facts or news; information: good oil.

8. pour oil on troubled waters , to attempt to calm a difficult or tense situation, as an argument.

9. strike oil ,

a. to discover oil, esp. to bring in a well.

b. to have good luck, esp. financially; make an important and valuable discovery: They struck oil only after years of market research.


10. to smear, lubricate, or supply with oil.

11. to bribe.

12. to make unctuous or smooth: to oil his words.

13. to convert into oil by melting, as butter.


14. pertaining to or resembling oil.

15. using oil, esp. as a fuel: an oil furnace.

16. concerned with the production or use of oil: an offshore oil rig.

17. made with oil.

18. obtained from oil.

[ 1125-75; ME olie, oile oleum, olivum (olive) oil oleivum (cf. DEUS) élaiwon (Attic élaion ), deriv. of * elaíwa OLIVE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .