American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that oils engines or machinery.
- n. Nautical An oil tanker.
- n. Nautical A ship that burns oil as fuel.
- n. See oilcan.
- n. See oil well.
- n. Informal An oilskin garment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An appliance for distributing oil to the bearings or rubbing surfaces of machines. Types of such devices in common use are — sponges saturated with oil and fastened in boxes or cups, in positions where they are regularly touched by parts to be lubricated; wicks which transfer oil by capillary action from a receptacle to a part otherwise inaccessible while moving; cups provided with pet-cocks from which the oil drops slowly upon parts which cannot be safely reached while in action; tubes extending radially from channels in crank-pins to the central axes of the cranks, distributing the oil by centrifugal force; etc.
- n. An oil-can, generally having a long spout curved at the outer extremity, used by an attendant for supplying oil to parts of engines or other machines.
- n. An operative employed to attend to the oiling of engines or other machinery.
- n. A vessel engaged in the oil-trade, or in the transportation of oils.
- n. An oilskin coat.
- n. An oil-merchant; an oilman.
- n. An oil-well.
- n. nautical An oil tanker
- n. An oil well
- n. A junior role in the engine room of a ship, senior only to a wiper, consisting mainly of keeping machinery lubricated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who deals in oils.
- n. One who, or that which, oils.
- n. An
- n. A ship which is powered by oil.
- n. An oilcan.
- n. a cargo ship designed to carry crude oil in bulk
- n. a well that yields or has yielded oil
- n. a worker who oils engines or machinery
“Two guided missile cruisers, the USS Leyte Gulf and the USS Vella Gulf, a destroyer, the USS Peterson, all set to return to Norfolk and then there's an oiler, which is support ship as well for the battle group, the USS Detroit, which will return to the Earle Naval Weapons Stations in New Jersey.”
“She might burn coal in her furnaces instead of oil-fuel, and every ounce of coal had to be shovelled on board from a collier by manual labour, whereas, in an oil-driven destroyer, one simply went alongside a jetty or an "oiler," connected up a hose, and went to bed while a pump did all the work.”
“i don't know, maybe i'll have black kids. anyway, the homecoming was desirable (like my lips, right, youknowwho?), especially the weird modern day scripture 9/11 talk given by a 12 year old man. then we went to jon's house! the house that my friend and i drove by in high school, scouting for that "oiler" boy. i used his bathroom!”
“But there were also five German destroyers, two of which were tied up to an 'oiler' (oil tanker).”
“Work rules at the World Trade Center require that every crane operator be accompanied by a relief crane operator and an oiler—a person that starts up the crane—for the entire time a crane is operating.”
“Before that you must pass through the engine-room as an oiler.”
“As an oiler in the great engine-room I was confident that few things concerning steam would escape me.”
“The second and one white oiler was all that was left below, and I was in command on deck, when we made port.”
“I worked as an oiler on tankers mostly, and … between ships, I'd stay with Loretta.”
“The humblest trimmer would treat him with the indulgence of a child; while an oiler, a greasy nimbus about his head and in his hand, as sceptre, a long-snouted can, would indeed appear to him a demigod and ruler of forces beyond his ken.”
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