American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To apply a lubricant to.
- v. To make slippery or smooth.
- v. To act as a lubricant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make smooth or slippery; supply or smear with some substance, especially one of an oily or greasy nature, for the purpose of diminishing friction: as, to lubricate the bearings of a machine.
- In photography, to coat or smear (a print) with some glazing agent, as Castile soap dissolved in alcohol, or a compound of beeswax and Venice turpentine, as a preliminary to burnishing.
- v. To make slippery or smooth (normally to minimize friction) by applying a lubricant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make smooth or slippery.
- v. To apply a lubricant to, as oil or tallow.
- v. To reduce social frictions or difficulties between people, thus making cooperation easier and joint action smoother.
- v. slang To inebriate by supplying with alcoholic beverages.
- v. have lubricating properties
- v. make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant
- v. apply a lubricant to
- From Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare ("to make slippery"), from lubricus ("slippery"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin lūbricāre, lūbricāt-, from lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I use the term 'lubricate' because a recent study showed how researchers could pick out orgasmic women by simply watching them walk.”
“Also HAARP can facilitate earthquakes in that it boils water in thedeep rock layers and may 'lubricate' the faultlines to slip.”
“The State claims the money was meant to "lubricate" provincial approval of the R550 million project - approval that came only after the two men made personal interventions in the process.”
“Another claims Reich was "sexually excited" during an exam and told her she needed to "lubricate" herself through self stimulation so that he could properly diagnose an infection.”
“How to "lubricate" your joints … this will help your body produce more anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.”
“The arabs could then use their oil to "lubricate" their camels.”
“Geophysicists talk about lubricating fault to prevent extreme rupture (very controversial); perhaps economists need to find a way to lubricate the economy so that bubbles will break earlier, thus causing less destruction.”
“NASA wants to lubricate as much of the joint as possible to keep it functioning properly in the years ahead without any shuttle visits.”
“Half were for drilling mud, the carefully engineered goo that was used to lubricate and cool the drill bit as it ground its way down through the rock beneath the surface of the ocean.”
“The second was a more ambitious plan where Google would essentially create a scaffolding on the web to lubricate social activities.”
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