lubricant
noun Date: circa 1828 1. a substance (as grease) capable of reducing friction, heat, and wear when introduced as a film between solid surfaces 2. something that lessens or prevents friction or difficulty <
a social lubricant
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lubricant adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Lubricant — Lu bri*cant, n. That which lubricates; specifically, a substance, as oil, grease, graphite, etc., used for reducing the friction of the working parts of machinery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubricant — Lu bri*cant, a. [L. lubricans, p. pr. of lubricare, See {Lubricate}.] Lubricating. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubricant — Lubricant. См. Смазочный материал. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • lubricant — [n] lubricator coating, grease, oil, silicone, wax, WD40TM; concept 606 …   New thesaurus

  • lubricant — ► NOUN ▪ a substance, e.g. oil or grease, for lubricating an engine or component. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lubricating …   English terms dictionary

  • lubricant — [lo͞o′bri kənt] adj. [L lubricans, prp.: see LUBRICATE] reducing friction by providing a smooth film as a covering over parts that move against each other; lubricating n. a substance for reducing friction in this way, as oil or grease …   English World dictionary

  • Lubricant — A lubricant is a substance introduced to reduce friction between moving surfaces. It may also have the function of transporting foreign particles and of distributing heat. The property of reducing friction is known as lubricity. A good lubricant… …   Wikipedia

  • lubricant — {{11}}lubricant (adj.) reducing friction, 1809, from L. lubricantem (nom. lubricans), prp. of lubricare to make slippery or smooth, from lubricus slippery; easily moved, sliding, gliding; figuratively uncertain, hazardous, dangerous; seductive,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lubricant — [[t]lu͟ːbrɪkənt[/t]] lubricants 1) N MASS A lubricant is a substance which you put on the surfaces or parts of something, especially something mechanical, to make the parts move smoothly. Its nozzle was smeared with some kind of lubricant.… …   English dictionary

  • Lubricant — An oily or slippery substance. A vaginal lubricant may be helpful for women who feel pain during intercourse because of vaginal dryness. * * * lu·bri·cant lü bri kənt adj serving to lubricate a surface or part lubricant n a substance that serves… …   Medical dictionary

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