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OL

or OL., O.L.

  1. Old Latin.
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Ol.

  1. (in prescriptions) oil.
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Origin of Ol.

From the Latin word oleum

O.L.

or o.l.

  1. (in prescriptions) the left eye.
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Origin of O.L.

From the Latin word oculus laevus

-ol1

  1. a suffix used in the names of chemical derivatives, representing “alcohol” (glycerol; naphthol; phenol), or sometimes “phenol” or less definitely assignable phenol derivatives (resorcinol).
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Origin of -ol1

short for alcohol or phenol

-ol2

  1. variant of -ole2.
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Examples from the Web for ol

Historical Examples

  • An' I hopes, ol girl,' says he, 'that you'll be able t' boil the water 'ithout burnin' it.'

    Quaint Courtships

    Various

  • They peered over, and from out of the blackness they were hailed by a faint "Ol!"

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Eusebius says that Bacchylides "flourished" (ἤκμαζεν) in Ol.

  • Osc Brewster and Ol Perry, who had been foremost in the trick had a fight as to which had been to blame.

  • I want to stay here on de ol plantation, along 'o my ol woman.

    The White Shield

    Myrtle Reed


British Dictionary definitions for ol

-ol1

suffix forming nouns
  1. denoting an organic chemical compound containing a hydroxyl group, esp alcohols and phenolsethanol; quinol
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Word Origin

from alcohol

-ol2

n combining form
  1. (not used systematically) a variant of -ole 1
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Word Origin and History for ol

-ol

word-forming element in chemistry, variously representing alcohol, phenol, or in some cases Latin oleum "oil" (see oil (n.)).

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ol in Science

-ol

  1. A suffix used to form the names of chemical compounds having a hydroxyl (OH) group, such as ethanol.
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