Origin of oiler
verb (used with object)
Origin of oil
Examples from the Web for oiler
Neville, working frantically to clear the pumps, yelled to the oiler to leave the throttle and come to him.The Best Short Stories of 1917|Various
Oiler did not answer him but yelled to Shawn, "Hold her steady and fast!"Shawn of Skarrow|James Tandy Ellis
They engage the flagship with signals, then steam alongside an oiler to take fuel for the return voyage.Merchantmen-at-Arms|David W. Bone
Our oiler of troubled waters followed, and there was assurance of a brief lull.Our Next-Door Neighbors|Belle Kanaris Maniates
He said nothing to the oiler, but seated himself on the sofa, and observed his movements.On The Blockade|Oliver Optic
- another name for petroleum
- (as modifier)an oil engine; an oil rig
- Also called: lubricating oil any of a number of substances usually derived from petroleum and used for lubrication
- (in combination)an oilcan; an oilstone
- (as modifier)an oil pump
- paraffin, esp when used as a domestic fuel
- (as modifier)an oil lamp; an oil stove
- (often plural) oil colour or paint
- (as modifier)an oil painting
- to discover petroleum while drilling for it
- informal to become very rich or successful
Word Origin for oil
late 12c., "olive oil," from Anglo-French and Old North French olie, from Old French oile, uile "oil" (12c., Modern French huile), from Latin oleum "oil, olive oil" (source of Spanish, Italian olio), from Greek elaion "olive tree," from elaia (see olive). Old English æle, Dutch olie, German Öl, etc. all are from Latin. It meant "olive oil" exclusively till c.1300, when meaning began to be extended to any fatty, greasy substance. Use for "petroleum" first recorded 1520s, but not common until 19c. The artist's oils (1660s), short for oil-color (1530s), are paints made by grinding pigment in oil.
mid-15c., from oil (n.). Related: Oiled; oiling. An Old English verb in this sense was besmyrian.
see banana oil; burn the midnight oil; grease (oil) someone's palm; grease (oil) the wheels; pour oil on troubled waters; strike it rich (oil).