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oil
American English: /ɔɪl/
British English: /ɔɪl/

Translation of oil in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (petroleum) to strike oil [colloquial]
    dar con una mina de oro or con la gallina de los huevos de oro [colloquial]
    (lit: reach oil) encontrar petróleo
    the oil industry
    la industria petrolera
    oil pollution
    contaminación (feminine) petrolífera or de petróleo
    Example sentences
    • If the railroad supervisor was negligent in overseeing the independent contractor who accidentally spilled oil into a river, whatever harm resulted should have been addressed in a civil proceeding.
    • On the way home, their plane flies above a ship spilling oil into the sea.
    • It is unusual to drill an oil well without a paleontologist onsite to determine when the desired oil-bearing rock layer has been reached.
    1.2 (lubricant) to change/check the oil
    cambiar/revisar el (nivel del) aceite
    to pour oil on troubled waters
    tratar de apaciguar los ánimos
    (before noun) oil change
    cambio (masculine) de aceite
    oil filter
    filtro (masculine) del aceite
    oil level
    nivel (masculine) del aceite
    oil pressure
    presión (masculine) del aceite
    Example sentences
    • In general, expect to change your mower's engine oil twice each year.
    • Transportation via internal combustion engines that use gas and oil is responsible for more than 17 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.
    • To check the oil, you remove the dipstick, wipe off the oil, and reinsert the dipstick as far as it will go.
    1.3
    also: fuel oil
    1.4 (for domestic heating)
    gasóleo (masculine) de calefacción
    gasoil (masculine) de calefacción
    fuel(-oil) (masculine) doméstico
    1.5 (for domestic lamps, stoves) to burn the midnight oil
  • 2 uncountable or countable 2.1 (Cookery) (before noun) oil and vinegar dressing
    Example sentences
    • The last group includes energy food, including animal and plant oil, starch and wine.
    • Three bottles of high quality essential oils infused into pure, skin-softening organic apricot kernel oil.
    • Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that can be made out of anything from organic canola oil to used cooking grease from fast-food restaurants.
    2.2 (essence)
  • 3 3.1 countable (painting) a collection of oils
    una colección de óleos
    Example sentences
    • These oils on canvas rework that fulcrum of modernist painting, the grid.
    • This remarkably representative exhibits of 42 oils and gouaches from that later period suggest why.
    • The company deals in originals, oils, acrylics, watercolors and serigraphs.
    3.2
    also: oils plural
    (paints) he paints in oils
    pinta al óleo
    a portrait in oils
    un retrato al óleo
    see alsooil painting

transitive verb

  • 1
    (machine/hinge)
    lubricar
    aceitar
    engrasar
    (wood/bat)
    darle aceite a
    Example sentences
    • Place the balls onto a lightly oiled baking tray and bake them for about 20 minutes, so they are slightly browned.
    • Lightly oil a 12-hole muffin tray then line each mould with a bacon rasher.
    • After coupling to the coach, No. 823 was coaled manually and then had to reverse down the shed road to be oiled and greased for the return journey.

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