- 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 self-lubricating
Historical Examples of self-lubricating
Presently there were mutual introductions across the fronded celery and the self-lubricating ripe olive.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
The body machine is self-building or self-growing, self-lubricating and self-repairing.The New Glutton or Epicure
Pistons and glands are packed with soapstone, or other self-lubricating packing; and no oil is required except for bearings, etc.
The hubs of the links are bushed with bronze, and have a graphite "inlay," which makes them self-lubricating.The Romance of Modern Mechanism
- (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 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.