Definitions

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

  • n. A medicinal fluid rubbed into the skin to soothe pain or relieve stiffness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A topical medical preparation intended to be rubbed into the skin with friction, such as to relieve symptoms of arthritis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liquid or semiliquid preparation of a consistence thinner than an ointment, applied to the skin by friction, esp. one used as a sedative or a stimulant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, a liquid preparation for external application, especially one of an oily consistency.

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

  • n. a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin linīmentum, from Latin linere, linīre, to rub over, anoint; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin linimentum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is a liniment from the Chinese apothecary called dit da jow.

    Rub It In

  • Another way is to bruise leeches with oil, and rub the verge with this ointment; or, if it is preferred, the leeches may be put into a bottle, and, thus enclosed, buried in a warm dung-hill until they are dissolved into a coherent mass and form a sort of liniment, which is used for repeatedly anointing the member.

    gimcrack hospital (PG)

  • Some of these "Method" concerns throw in some absurd kind of liniment, salve or ointment -- tell you the secret lies in this "lymph" or whatever they call it rather than in their appliances.

    Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured

  • She was ladened with gifts: a jar of tomato relish, a huge cake of maple sugar, a bottle of a new kind of liniment for Grandpa, and such an armful of dahlias and phlox and asters and gladioli as Christina had never seen in her life.

    In Orchard Glen

  • Mammy, which I suspect of being a kind of liniment that mother had to learn to make on account of the number of the boys and their bruises.

    Over Paradise Ridge A Romance

  • However, he had some merits; for instance, he could hash hare well and his first profession having been that of distiller, he passed much of his time -- or his masters ', rather -- in trying to invent a new kind of liniment; he also succeeded in the preparation of lamp-black.

    Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

  • Stale layers of sweat were sweetened by liniment oil and disinfectant.

    Michael Watson: 'I really come alive by helping others'

  • He got a big stomachache and had to rub his legs with liniment oil.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • But they sharpen for the postseason, as if covered in magic liniment.

    The Credits Roll on New York's NBA Season

  • But I let him take a drink of Worth's horse liniment.

    THE JOKERS OF NEW GIBBON

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