- a substance, as oil or grease, for lessening friction, especially in the working parts of a mechanism.
Origin of lubricant
Examples from the Web for lubricant
A tube of lubricant also flew into the stalls as a duvet was swiftly scooped up.New York’s Naughtiest Show (Maybe Avoid the Front Row)
January 18, 2014
Credit is the lubricant that moves the machinery of global commerce.Government Shuts Down and Private Sector Feels the Pain, Too
October 4, 2013
And researchers in Australia are currently working on a study of lubricant use among breast-cancer survivors.Sex After Breast Cancer
Debby Herbenick PhD
October 18, 2011
Language like that is a lubricant to the calamity all around us.The Intellectual Crash of 2009
March 25, 2009
The casing also serves to retain a certain amount of lubricant.
I used soap and water as a lubricant, and the work was satisfactory.
In the figure the lubricant is supplied by a wick running into the reservoir.
Soap is often useful as a lubricant to facilitate the driving of screws.Handwork in Wood</p>
Jerry was the first to take his stick of lubricant from his tool bag.The Motor Boys
- a lubricating substance, such as oil
- serving to lubricate
Word Origin and History for lubricant
1828, probably from lubricant (adj.), or from Latin lubricantem.
"reducing friction," 1809, from Latin lubricantem (nominative lubricans), present participle of lubricare "to make slippery or smooth," from lubricus "slippery; easily moved, sliding, gliding;" figuratively "uncertain, hazardous, dangerous; seductive," from PIE *sleubh- "to slip, slide" (see sleeve).