Share this entry

Share this page

lube

Line breaks: lube
Pronunciation: /luːb
 
/
informal

Definition of lube in English:

noun

1A lubricant: a wide variety of lubes and waxes
More example sentences
  • There are now fortified dry lubes, synthetic wet lubes, self-cleaning wax lubes, all-condition lubes, chain cleaners, chain grunge brushes and more.
  • If any major work is required, they drive the machine to the landing and a new, exceptionally-well equipped 45-foot service van that includes all the tools, fuel, lubes and spare parts as well as an office.
  • In most shops the lube alone would cost at least £9!
1.1 [mass noun] Lubrication.
Example sentences
  • With repair bills approaching twelve hundred dollars, it would be determined that a chemical related mishap during a lube service was the culprit.
1.2US & Australian An oil change for a vehicle.
Example sentences
  • Maybe all I need is an oil change or a new filter or a lube.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Lubricate (something): lube the hinge with some oil
More example sentences
  • In low-speed applications, ball bearings are lubed with grease.
  • The shop in Bangor lubed the gear legs with a special cold-weather grease, and the problem was solved.
  • If your bearings were lubed with a thick gel or grease, you may have to let them soak for ten minutes, shake for ten minutes, soak for ten minutes and so on to get them clean.

Origin

1930s: abbreviation.

Definition of lube in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: inˈɡrāSHēˌāt
verb
bring oneself into favor with someone through flattery…