Word Origin verb (used with object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing. 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. verb (used without object), lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing. to act as a lubricant. to apply a lubricant to something. . Slang to drink or become drunk. Origin of lubricate 1615–25;
past participle of
to make slippery. See
-ate 1 Related forms lu·bri·ca·tion, noun lu·bri·ca·tion·al, adjective lu·bri·ca·tive, adjective lu·bri·ca·to·ry , [ loo-bri-k uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlu brɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective non·lu·bri·cat·ing, adjective o·ver·lu·bri·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·lu·bri·cat·ed, o·ver·lu·bri·cat·ing. o·ver·lu·bri·ca·tion, noun re·lu·bri·cate, verb (used with object), re·lu·bri·cat·ed, re·lu·bri·cat·ing. re·lu·bri·ca·tion, noun self-lu·bri·cat·ed, adjective self-lu·bri·cat·ing, adjective self-lu·bri·ca·tion, noun un·lu·bri·cat·ed, adjective un·lu·bri·cat·ing, adjective un·lu·bri·ca·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for relubrication (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 Derived Forms lubrication, noun lubricational, adjective lubricative, adjective Word Origin for lubricate
C17: from Latin
lūbricāre, from lūbricus slippery
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Word Origin and History for relubrication v.
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.
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