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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb oil:


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Definition of the noun oil

What does oil mean as a name of something?

Oil is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: oils

  1. a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
  2. oil paint containing pigment that is used by an artist
  3. a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of oil: crude / crude oil / fossil oil / petroleum / rock oil
    • more generic term: fossil fuel = fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen content
    • more specific terms: residual oil / resid = oil products that remain after petroleum has been distilled
    • substance: atomic number 6 / carbon / C = an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond
  4. any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants

Alternative definition of the noun oil


  1. Liquid fat.
  2. Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.
  3. An oil painting.

Definition of the verb oil

What does oil mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: oiled | oiling | oils

  1. cover with oil, as if by rubbing
  2. administer an oil or ointment to; often in a religious ceremony of blessing

Alternative definition of the verb oil


  1. [transitive] to lubricate with oil
  2. [transitive] to grease with oil for cooking


Oil: An oil is any neutral, nonpolar chemical substance that is a viscous liquid at ambient temperatures and is both hydrophobic and lipophilic. Oils have a high carbon and hydrogen content and are usually flammable and slippery.

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  1. "Oil" a.k.a. "Oil!" is a novel by Upton Sinclair published in 1927 told as a third person narrative. However, the opening pages are written in second person. The book was written in the context of the Harding administration's Teapot Dome Scandal and takes place in Southern California. It is a social and political satire skewering the human foibles of all its characters.
    • also known as "Oil! a novel"
    • language: English Language
    • authors: Upton Sinclair, Jr.
    • genre: Political fiction
    • released in (89 years ago)
  2. "Oil" is a book by James Laxer.
    • also known as "Oil (Groundwork Guides)"
    • subjects: Current events, International relations, Politics, Political Science
  3. "Oil" is a book by Walter Foster.
    • also known as "Oil: Land and Sea (HT183)"


  1. "Oil" a.k.a. "There Will Be Blood" is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil! but is too different to be considered an adaptation. It tells the story of a silver miner-turned-oilman on a ruthless quest for wealth during Southern California's oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, and Dillon Freasier.
  2. "Oil" is a 2009 documentary film directed by Massimiliano Mazzotta. It explores the Italian energy provider Saras S.p.A., operating in the area of oil refining and the production of electricity, located in the island of Sardinia, near Cagliari and the impact of oil development on the land and lives of the local population.


  1. "Oil" is a musical album of Meth Drinker.
    • released in
  2. "Oil" is a musical album of Oil.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  3. "Oil" is a composition.


  1. Oil a.k.a. Stefan Andersson is a Swedish singer-songwriter. Andersson is also known for his 1992 Swedish hit song "Catch the Moon," which reached #4 on the Swedish charts.
  2. Oil a.k.a. Arcon 2 or Leon Mar, real name Noel Ram, is a musician best known for his alternately jazzy and uplifting drum'n'bass and extreme, focused darkcore. He has been producing dance tracks for the better part of a decade. At first little known in the jungle community, Noel rode a fast track to notoriety through a string of acclaimed releases for 4Hero's noted Reinforced label, recording such tracks as "Liquid Earth," "Silent Running," and "The Beckoning" under his own name and as Arcon 2. Noel was also included on the tough-as-nails Reinforced compilation, Above the Law next to such noted artists as Goldie, L Double, and Dillinja.
  3. Oil a.k.a. Thana Suthikamorn is a singer and actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Daniel Oil, Oil Can Boyd and Oil Can Harry.


  1. Oil is a Christian thrash metal band from Long Beach, California, USA. The band was formed in 1997 by Ron Rinehart, the former vocalist with Dark Angel, who converted to Christianity at a Harvest Crusade after Dark Angel's dissolution in 1992. Other members include lead guitarist Blake Nelson and drummer Jason Vander Pal. Oil has released two studio albums and one live album.
  2. Oil is a musical group.
    • albums: "Oil", "Electric Tongue", "Definition Delta"

There are other groups with in their name, like Big Oil, Red oil, Sea Oil, Black oil, Texas Oil, Banana Oil, Fish in oil, Oil Tasters, Midnight Oil, Oil of Angels, Oil on Canvas, Oil Seed Rape and reverend shine snake oil co..

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Oil

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Google previewPure Products (1906)

Olive oil is the oil obtained from the sound, mature fruit of the cultivated olive tree (Olea europaea L.) and subjected to the usual refining processes; it is free from rancidity; has a refractive index (25 dog. C) not less than one and forty-six ...

Google previewthe Chartering Practice Handbook

Oil is the largest source of primary energy in the world today. Coal is the...

Google previewPaleo Cleanse (2014)

30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal Lifestyle by Camilla Carboni, Melissa Van Dover

Olive Oil: Olive oil is a great option for dressing foods, such as salads, on the Paleo Diet. Note...

Google previewThe 100 Most Important American Financial Crises: An Encyclopedia of the Lowest Points in American Economic History (2014)

by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.

Oil. Embargo. Crisis. The arab oil embargo would be the true beginning of the american energy crisis. The root cause of the crisis was the rising power of the organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Plum-kernel oil. The following table contains a copious list of 18. Vitis vinifera Grapeseed oi'.. plants which yield volatile oils. The part of 19. Theobroma cacao . . . Butter of cacao, the plant from which it is extracted, and the 20. Laurus nobilis .

Google previewDictionary of Figures in the Book of Revelation (2011)

by Ph. D. James E. Smith

Oil OT: Olive oil was an indispensable commodity in the Ancient Near East for food, medicine, fuel, and ritual. Oil was considered a blessing given by God (Dt 11:14). It was a symbol of joy and gladness (Ps 45:7). In time of sorrow, anointing ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (2013)

The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being by Lawless, Julia

Pinus sylvestris: Scotch pine, turpentine (oil); many subspecies and cultivars exist . Pinus tabulaeformis: Chinese pine. Pinus yunnanensis: Yunnan pine, Chinese pine. Pseudotsuga menziesii (P. taxifolia): Douglas fir, Oregon balsam (oil); two ...

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Sign language

BP Oil Spill - ROV "Sign Language"

Aboard Ocean Intervention 3 - it "appears" that the ROV handlers forgot to attach the ROV's ultrasonic cameras before submerging. The ROV signals with his ...

Quotes about Oil

Our oil problems are only going to get worse. Our trade balance is only going to get worse. So we have to slow the growth of U.S. oil consumption, particularly imported oil consumption. (Sherwood Boehlert)
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Scrabble value of O1I1L1

The value of this 3-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of OIL

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