oil: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (oil), [key]
— 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.
    1. Seeoil color.
    2. Seeoil painting.
  4. unctuous hypocrisy; flattery.
  5. an oilskin garment.
  6. facts or news; information: good oil.
  7. to attempt to calm a difficult or tense situation, as an argument.
  8. They struck oil only after years of market research.
    1. to discover oil, esp. to bring in a well.
    2. to have good luck, esp. financially; make an important and valuable discovery:They struck oil only after years of market research.
  1. to smear, lubricate, or supply with oil.
  2. to bribe.
  3. to make unctuous or smooth: to oil his words.
  4. to convert into oil by melting, as butter.
  1. pertaining to or resembling oil.
  2. using oil, esp. as a fuel: an oil furnace.
  3. concerned with the production or use of oil: an offshore oil rig.
  4. made with oil.
  5. obtained from oil.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • oil (Thesaurus)