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oil British & World English

A viscous liquid derived from petroleum, especially for use as a fuel or lubricant

oil English Thesaurus

make sure the car has enough oil

langue d'oïl British & World English

The form of medieval French spoken north of the Loire, generally characterized by the use of oïl to mean ‘yes’, and forming the basis of modern French

gas oil British & World English

A type of fuel oil distilled from petroleum and heavier than paraffin oil

nut oil British & World English

Oil obtained from the kernels of nuts and used in cooking and to make paints and varnishes

oil gas British & World English

A gaseous mixture derived from mineral oils by destructive distillation

oil pan British & World English

An engine sump

oil rig British & World English

A structure with equipment for drilling an oil well; an oil platform

tar oil British & World English

A volatile oil obtained by distilling tar, sometimes used as an insecticide

tea oil British & World English

An oil resembling olive oil obtained from the seeds of the sasanqua and related plants, used chiefly in China and Japan

argan oil British & World English

An aromatic culinary oil expressed from the seeds of the argan tree, native to an area of southwestern Morocco

baby oil British & World English

A mineral oil used to soften the skin

corn oil British & World English

An oil obtained from the germ of maize, used in cookery and salad dressings

crude oil British & World English

Unrefined petroleum

fatty oil British & World English

Another term for fixed oil.

fixed oil British & World English

A non-volatile oil of animal or plant origin

fuel oil British & World English

Oil used as fuel in an engine or furnace

fusel oil British & World English

A mixture of several alcohols (chiefly amyl alcohol) produced as a by-product of alcoholic fermentation

hair oil British & World English

Cosmetic oil used in styling a person’s hair

heavy oil British & World English

Any of the relatively dense hydrocarbons (denser than water) derived from petroleum, coal tar, and similar materials

oil baron British & World English

A magnate in the oil industry

oil bath British & World English

A receptacle containing oil, used for cooling, heating, lubricating, or insulating equipment immersed in it

oil drum British & World English

A metal drum used for transporting oil

oil-fired British & World English

(Especially of a heating system or power station) using oil as fuel

oil gland British & World English

A gland which secretes oil

oil lamp British & World English

A lamp using oil as fuel

oil meal British & World English

Ground oilcake

oil mill British & World English

A machine or a factory in which seeds, fruits, or other plant parts are crushed or pressed to extract oil

oil paint British & World English

A thick paint made with ground pigment and a drying oil such as linseed oil, used chiefly by artists

oil palm British & World English

A tropical West African palm which is the chief source of palm oil

oil paper British & World English

Paper made transparent or waterproof by soaking in oil

oil press British & World English

An apparatus for pressing oil from seeds, fruits, etc.

oil sand British & World English

A deposit of loose sand or partially consolidated sandstone containing bitumen

oil shale British & World English

Fine-grained sedimentary rock from which oil can be extracted

oil slick British & World English

A film or layer of oil floating on an expanse of water

oil spot British & World English

A silvery marking on brown Chinese porcelain (especially of the Song period) caused by precipitation of iron in firing

oil well British & World English

An artificially made well or shaft in rock from which mineral oil is drawn

olive oil British & World English

An oil obtained from olives, used in cookery and salad dressings

palm oil British & World English

Oil from the fruit of certain palms, especially the West African oil palm

peak oil British & World English

The hypothetical point in time when the global production of oil reaches its maximum rate, after which production will gradually decline

shale oil British & World English

Oil obtained from bituminous shale

snake oil British & World English

A substance with no real medicinal value sold as a remedy for all diseases

sperm oil British & World English

An oil found with spermaceti in the head of the sperm whale, used formerly as a lubricant

stand oil British & World English

Linseed oil or another drying oil thickened by heating, used in paints, varnishes, and printing inks

train oil British & World English

Oil obtained from the blubber of a whale (and formerly of other sea creatures), especially the right whale

tung oil British & World English

An oil used as a drying agent in inks, paints, and varnishes

whale oil British & World English

Oil obtained from the blubber of a whale, formerly used in oil lamps or for making soap

white oil British & World English

A colourless petroleum distillate, especially liquid paraffin, used medicinally and in the food and plastic industries


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