verb (used with object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.
verb (used without object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing.
- lubitsch, ernst,
Origin of lubricate
Examples from the Web for lubricate
Beauty, fame, It Girl status, and old money (never new) all lubricate the entry process.Inside London’s Hottest Celebrity Haunt—But How Long Will Chiltern Firehouse Burn?|Lizzie Crocker|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It secretes the tears destined to lubricate the anterior surface of the eye.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
We shall find plenty of room for your facility; it will lubricate our whole existence.The Bostonians, Vol. II (of II)|Henry James
When the pressure on the pin or any bearing is over 800 pounds per square inch, oil is no longer able to lubricate it properly.Farm Engines and How to Run Them|James H. Stephenson
The indications are, to lubricate the mucous surfaces, remove morbific materials from the system, and improve the general health.The American Reformed Cattle Doctor|George Dadd
Lubricate the two stop-cocks with resin ointment (Fig. 137).The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
Word Origin for lubricate
1620s, "to make slippery or smooth" (especially by the application of an oil), from Latin lubricatus, past participle of lubricare "to make slippery or smooth," from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Related: Lubricated; lubricating. Earlier verb was lubrify (1610s), from Medieval Latin lubrificare.