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lubricant

[loo-bri-kuh nt]
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noun
  1. a substance, as oil or grease, for lessening friction, especially in the working parts of a mechanism.
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adjective
  1. capable of lubricating; used to lubricate.
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Origin of lubricant

1815–25; < Latin lūbricant- (stem of lūbricāns), present participle of lūbricāre to make slippery. See lubric, -ant
Related formsnon·lu·bri·cant, nounun·lu·bri·cant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lubricant

lubricant

noun
  1. a lubricating substance, such as oil
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adjective
  1. serving to lubricate
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin lūbricāns, present participle of lūbricāre. See lubricate
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Word Origin and History for lubricant

n.

1828, probably from lubricant (adj.), or from Latin lubricantem.

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adj.

"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).

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