from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mech.: A quantity of oil in a cup or receptacle, such as a gear-case or engine-case, into which a running part of a mechanism dips, carrying or throwing oil to other parts.
  • n. The vat or vessel filled with oil in which pieces of steel are dipped in oil-tempering.
  • n. A stream of oil directed upon a tool that is cutting steel.
  • n. In physical, a vessel containing oil, in which an object, as a resistance-coil or the bulb of a thermometer, the temperature of which is to be held constant, is submerged.


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  • In moderately dusty conditions, oil-bath air filters are cleaned once a week, dry-paper air filters a little less frequently.

    Chapter 5

  • It may be considered a cost-effective solution even though a housing with oil-bath lubrication is required (see fig. 36).


  • The oil-bath was prepared by treating olive-oil with nitric acid.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 286, June 25, 1881

  • The pieces were passed through aluminate of soda at 18° B., then through ammonium chloride, washed, dyed with garancin, taken through an oil-bath, dried and steamed for an hour, and were finally cleared in the ordinary manner for Turkey-reds.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 286, June 25, 1881

  • This is done by immersing them in another oil-bath which has been raised to about 215°C.

    The Working of Steel Annealing, Heat Treating and Hardening of Carbon and Alloy Steel

  • The Pessiphone is fitted with a little oil-bath, all black fittings, self-starting lever, Stormy Arthur two-speed gear, thus rendering it easy of change from "Mildly Miserable" to "Devastating," and the whole is packed complete with accessories and delivered carriage free to your back garden, where it may be let loose.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, January 12, 1916

  • They all aspire to the weekly oil-bath, which is doubtless a wholesome thing in the heat of these tropics, where, through paucity of clothing, the skin is much exposed to the sun's rays.

    India, Its Life and Thought

  • The tongs with the fragment of severed neck being withdrawn, the flask, with its contents diminished by evaporation, is lifted from the oil-bath perfectly sealed hermetically.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • After the infusion has been sterilised, the oil-bath is withdrawn, and the liquid, whose putrescibility has been in no way affected by the boiling, is abandoned to the air of the chamber.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • This trough, or bath, is nearly filled with oil; a piece of thin plank constitutes a kind of lid for the oil-bath.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2


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