lubricant

[ loo-bri-kuh nt ]
/ ˈlu brɪ kənt /

noun

a substance, as oil or grease, for lessening friction, especially in the working parts of a mechanism.

adjective

capable of lubricating; used to lubricate.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. lubitsch,
  2. lubitsch, ernst,
  3. lublin,
  4. lubra,
  5. lubric,
  6. lubricate,
  7. lubrication,
  8. lubricator,
  9. lubricatory,
  10. lubricious

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

/ (ˈluːbrɪkənt) /

noun

a lubricating substance, such as oil

adjective

serving to lubricate

Word Origin for lubricant

C19: from Latin lūbricāns, present participle of lūbricāre. See lubricate

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