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

  • transitive v. To apply a lubricant to.
  • transitive v. To make slippery or smooth.
  • intransitive v. To act as a lubricant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make slippery or smooth (normally to minimize friction) by applying a lubricant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make smooth or slippery.
  • transitive v. To apply a lubricant to, as oil or tallow.
  • transitive v. To reduce social frictions or difficulties between people, thus making cooperation easier and joint action smoother.
  • transitive v. To inebriate by supplying with alcoholic beverages.

from The 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.
  • Slippery.

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

  • v. have lubricating properties
  • v. make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant
  • v. apply a lubricant to


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

Latin lūbricāre, lūbricāt-, from lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare ("to make slippery"), from lubricus ("slippery").


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