- to apply some oily or greasy substance to (a machine, parts of a mechanism, etc.) in order to diminish friction; oil or grease (something).
- to make slippery or smooth; apply a lubricant to: to lubricate one's hands with a lotion.
- to smooth over, as a difficulty or human relationship; ease: to lubricate the friction between enemies.
- Slang. to provide with intoxicating drinks.
- Slang. to bribe.
Origin of lubricate
Examples from the Web for lubrication
How fortunate that the price of lubrication fell just in time.
Never drive when the lubrication system is working imperfectly.Mechanical Devices in the Home
Edith Louise Allen
First let us give a little attention to the theory of lubrication.Farm Engines and How to Run Them
James H. Stephenson
Neat's-foot oil comes from the feet of cattle and is also used in lubrication.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
All engines of this make are provided with an automatic system of lubrication.Steam Engines
- (tr) to cover or treat with an oily or greasy substance so as to lessen friction
- (tr) to make greasy, slippery, or smooth
- (intr) to act as a lubricant
Word Origin and History for lubrication
1640s, "act of lubricating," noun of action from lubricate (v.). Earlier were lubifraction (1540s).
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.