American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that lubricates, especially a lubricant.
- n. A device for applying a lubricant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which lubricates. Specifically— A device or contrivance for keeping the rubbing parts of machines, bearings, shafting, etc., supplied with some lubricant to diminish friction. These appliances are made in a great variety of forms, and may be divided into three classes—those for lubricating the cylinders of motors, those for lubricating the axles of cars and road-vehicles, and those for shafting and machinery in general. In all the aim is the same, to furnish a limited but constant supply of the lubricant to the moving parts. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, lubricates.
- n. A contrivance, as an oil cup, for supplying a lubricant to machinery.
- n. a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery
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