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lubricant

Syllabification: lu·bri·cant
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞obrəkənt
 
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Definition of lubricant in English:

noun

A substance, such as oil or grease, used for minimizing friction, especially in an engine or component.
Example sentences
  • At times, these vehicles are found injecting tonnes of black exhausts due to run down engines and poor quality lubricants.
  • The opposite trend affected animal fat and vegetable oil exports, the export of mineral fuels and lubricants and of chemical products.
  • Specialities in this case are principally greases, metal working lubricants and solid lubricant films.
Synonyms
grease, oil, lubrication, emollient, lotion, unguent
informal lube

adjective

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Lubricating: a thin lubricant film
More example sentences
  • The coating is not affected by lubricant films and can be applied as a tailor-made shim, foil gasket or as a direct coating.
  • Specialities in this case are principally greases, metal working lubricants and solid lubricant films.
  • A thorough understanding of the role of each lens care product like the cleaning solution, lubricant drops will keep lens clean and eyes healthy and comfortable.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin lubricant- 'making slippery', from the verb lubricare (see lubricate).

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