from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Soft or melted animal fat, especially after rendering.
  • n. A thick oil or viscous substance, especially when used as a lubricant.
  • n. The oily substance present in raw wool; suint.
  • n. Raw wool that has not been cleansed of this oily substance.
  • n. Slang Something, such as money or influence, that facilitates the attainment of an object or a desire: accepted some grease to fix the outcome of the race.
  • transitive v. To coat, smear, or soil with grease: greased the pie pan.
  • transitive v. To lubricate with grease.
  • transitive v. To facilitate the progress of.
  • transitive v. Slang To kill. See Regional Note at greasy.
  • idiom palm Slang To bribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Animal fat in a melted or soft state
  • n. Any oily or fatty matter.
  • n. Shorn but not yet cleansed wool
  • n. Inflammation of a horse's heels, also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis.
  • v. To put grease or fat on something, especially in order to lubricate.
  • v. To bribe.
  • v. To perform a landing extraordinarily smoothly.
  • v. To kill, murder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Animal fat, as tallow or lard, especially when in a soft state; oily or unctuous matter of any kind.
  • n. An inflammation of a horse's heels, suspending the ordinary greasy secretion of the part, and producing dryness and scurfiness, followed by cracks, ulceration, and fungous excrescences.
  • transitive v. To smear, anoint, or daub, with grease or fat; to lubricate.
  • transitive v. To bribe; to corrupt with presents.
  • transitive v. To cheat or cozen; to overreach.
  • transitive v. To affect (a horse) with grease, the disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To smear or anoint with grease or fat.
  • To bribe; corrupt with payments or gifts. [Obsolete or rare.]
  • To gull; cheat.
  • To cause to run easily, as if in a greased channel.
  • In farriery, to affect with the disease called grease.
  • Did you not grease the sealers of Leadenhall throughly in the fiste, they would never be sealed, but turned away. Greene, Quip for an Upstart Courtier (Harl. Misc., V. 411).
  • n. Animal fat in a soft state; oily or unctuous animal matter of any kind, as tallow, suet, or lard; particularly, the fatty matter of land-animals, as distinguished from the oily matter of marine animals.
  • n. In hunting, the fat of a hart, boar, wolf, fox, badger, hare, rabbit, etc., with reference to the season (called grease-time) when they are fat and fit for killing, and are said to be in grease or (formerly) of grease.
  • n. In farriery, a swelling and inflammation in a horse's legs attended with the secretion of oily matter and cracks in the skin.
  • n. To suffer by one's own presumption or folly; endure without mitigation or relief the evil consequences of one's own acts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being covered with unclean things
  • v. lubricate with grease
  • n. a thick fatty oil (especially one used to lubricate machinery)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English grese, from Anglo-Norman grece, from Vulgar Latin *crassia, from Latin crassus, fat, thick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman grece, from Old French graisse, from Latin crassus ("fat, thick").


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