- 1Apply a substance such as oil or grease to (an engine or component) to minimize friction and allow smooth movement: remove the nut and lubricate the thread (as adjective lubricating) lubricating oilsMore example sentences
- The Defenders will also be running on a mix of more combustible aviation fuel and oil to help lubricate the engine.
- Oil powers their machinery and lubricates their engines.
- The unit uses soy-bean-based biodegradable oil and compressed air to lubricate metal components that are being machined or drilled.
- 1.1Make (a process) run smoothly: the availability of credit lubricated the channels of tradeMore example sentences
- The therapeutic alliance of the integrated model facilitates and lubricates these crucial processes.
- At first glance it would appear that the dishonesty which lubricated the peace process has now clogged it up.
- And for the first time Middle Eastern oil was now lubricating the wheels of international diplomacy.
- 1.2 • informal Make (someone) convivial, especially with alcohol: men lubricated with alcohol speak their true feelingsMore example sentences
- I was merely lubricated and relaxed, not drunk by any means.
- The night continues, lubricated by alcohol, until it starts getting late and people start to leave.
- He is taken to a magnificent banquet, lubricated by the choicest alcohol, three glasses at a time.
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- The pumping of pistons in a car engine firing up and down thousands of times per minute relies on heavy-duty lubrication: motor oil.
- But it was a machine that required constant financial lubrication.
- Weapons maintenance and lubrication are often a function of weapons training.
early 17th century: from Latin lubricat- 'made slippery', from the verb lubricare, from lubricus 'slippery'.