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Definition of 'oil'


  1. a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
  2. oil paint containing pigment that is used by an artist
       Synonyms: oil color oil colour
  3. any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants
       Synonyms: vegetable oil


  1. cover with oil, as if by rubbing; "oil the wooden surface"
  2. administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
       Synonyms: anoint inunct anele embrocate

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