• WordNet 3.6
    • n lubricant a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boiled grape juice was the fluid used as a lubricant for the first contact lenses. Eugene Flick, who invented contact lenses in 1887, chose boiled grape juice over sugar water to lubricate the thick glass lenses that covered the entire eye.
    • a Lubricant Lubricating.
    • n Lubricant That which lubricates; specifically, a substance, as oil, grease, graphite, etc., used for reducing the friction of the working parts of machinery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Castor Oil®™ is used as a lubricant in jet planes.
    • lubricant Lubricating.
    • n lubricant Any natural or artificial material that may be used to lubricate the rubbing surfaces of machinery, in order to lessen their friction upon each other. Natural non-volatile oils and greases are the typical lubricants; but the variety of materials and compounds used is very great, including some metallic alloys.
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  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    “Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Enthusiasm is very good lubrication for the mind.”
  • Warren Bennis
    Warren Bennis
    “Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lubricans, p. pr. of lubricare, See Lubricate


In literature:

When the bag breaks the water lubricates the parts so as to make the passage of the child easier.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
Yes No 52 53 Is it advisable to use dynamite as a lubricant?
"Stanford Achievement Test, Ed. 1922" by Truman L. Kelley
Lubricate -ous: covered with a slippery mucus.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Mr. Meeker lubricated the talking-machine till its disk turned without a trace of the mechanism.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Up to that time whale-oil mostly had been used for illuminating and lubricating purposes.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
In the storehouse were two barrels of gasoline, and also some lubricating oils.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
She pretends, because pretense is the oil that lubricates society.
"'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Boyd took a lubricant gun from his pocket and fired three silent shots of special oil into the lock.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
By a similar process the illuminating or refined oil and the lubricating oils are also separated.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
There was no provision for lubricating either cylinders or bearings while this motor was running.
"The Early History of the Airplane" by Orville Wright
Applications: restoring circulation; "hot-boxes" in machinery; lubricants and their uses; lighting matches.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Is friction other than a kind of lubrication?
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Good nature is a lubricant for all the wheels of life.
"The Girl Wanted" by Nixon Waterman
It was Pinky Parrott who was the social lubricant.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The cold was not serious, but there was a frightened skirmish for hot water and lubricants before morning.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
They continue to obey intellectually, their brain acts like well made and well lubricated machinery.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
It is kept constantly lubricated by means of the numerous pores, which exude a thick, oily fluid in great abundance.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
His body was pressed firmly against the caked mud floor, held down by Que-dane's lubricated limbs.
"Menotah" by Ernest G. Henham
It flashed upon him at the mention of the lubricating oil.
"The Great Gold Rush" by W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
In all of the foregoing cartridges only the surface of the bullet outside the shell is lubricated.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright

In poetry:

I'm jolly glad I haven't got a neck like a giraffe.
I'd want to tie it in a knot and shorten it by half.
or, as I wear my collars high, how laundry men would gloat!
And what a lot of beer I'd buy to lubricate my throat!
"Resignation" by Robert W Service

In news:

Kluber Lubrication offers a range of lubricants for beverage-makers.
Food-grade lubricants offer safety, performance.
Freightliner Trucks announces the availability of Roadranger Fuel Efficient (FE) 75w-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant as a factory-installed option on its Cascadia, Coronado, Columbia, and Century Class S/T trucks.
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
Study pegs China as world's largest lubricant market by 2020.
Chevron Products Company announced that effective July 14, 2008, Chevron and Texaco Commercial and Industrial (C&I) lubricants will be marketed under the Chevron brand in the United States and Canada.
What are the primary advantages of including a lubricant audit as part of our regular maintenance audit program.
I & J Fisnar, Inc. Machine parts that require constant lubricating of their surface areas, such as gears and rollers, can be serviced by the use of a precision spray valve and sequence controller.
Chevron's Delo brand of engine oils, lubricants , and coolants has introduced the latest member of the product family, Delo Synthetic Gear Lubricant SAE 75W-90.
Dyforge 880 is a heavy-duty ultra-high temperature forging lubricant .
I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this book, which brought back some memories for me when I first began my career in the lubricants industry, as an organic chemist, working for a company specializing in specialty lubricants .
Fiat created Selenia 90 years ago to provide lubricants for its cars.
Selenia, which also makes lubricants and fluids for the manufacturing industry, had sales last year of 477 million euros ($517 million).
Using the Body's Lubricant To Heal Scars and Knees.

In science:

The study of polymer adsorption on a surface is important because of many applications such as in lubrication, adhesion, surface protection, coating of surfaces, wetting, vortex lines, and biology.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
The design challenges caused by the extreme cold are dominated by the continued performance of lubricants, the mechanical clearances that may change due to thermally induced dimensional changes, and the operation of electronics designed for a room temperature environment.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Tightly wrapping them in PTFE helps, as does dipping crystals into PFPE lubricants such as Fomblin.
Crystals for neutron scattering studies of quantum magnetism
Two situations are studied: the case of an amorphous solid in a stress-strain test, and the case of a lubricant in tribology test.
Rearrangements and Dilatancy for Sheared Dense Materials
The cycle is followed in the clockwise direction and is remarkably similar to cycles reported in experiments on lubricants. Let me now comment further on the expression chosen for the transformation rates R± .
Rearrangements and Dilatancy for Sheared Dense Materials
For our surfactant which leads to tangentially mobile bubble surfaces, if we consider the viscous dissipation associated with the formation of a lubricating film between the single bubble and the plane, the viscous force f is observed to vary as γ 1/12 (ηv)2/3 .
Dense bubble flow in a silo: an unusual flow of a dispersed medium
Figure 6-a shows the strain components e22 and e33 for a compressive strain e11 equal to 20%. Both values are less or equal to 1%, which clearly indicates that the specimen sticks on the compression plates. In figure 6-b, a low viscosity lubricant between the plates and the specimen leads to radial expansion.
Tools for multiaxial validation of behavior laws chosen for modeling hyper-elasticity of rubber-like materials
A combined experimental and computational approach was necessary in order to estimate the amount of friction generated during unconfined compression of brain tissue. A separate set of lubricated and bonded experiments under the same test conditions were performed according to procedure mentioned in Section 2.6.
Mechanical Characterization of Brain Tissue in Compression at Dynamic Strain Rates
Tamura et al. (2007). A combined experimental - computational approach was adopted to determine values of the friction coefficient. Before numerical simulations, it was essential to perform both lubricated and bonded unconfined compression tests under the same controlled environment.
Mechanical Characterization of Brain Tissue in Compression at Dynamic Strain Rates
Combined experimental (bonded and lubricated tests) and computational approach can be adopted to determine values of friction coefficient.
Mechanical Characterization of Brain Tissue in Compression at Dynamic Strain Rates
This is a surprising result because one usually expects such lubricant molecules to reduce rather than enhance friction.
Dry Friction due to Adsorbed Molecules
Thus, an important ingredient in these molecules’ leading to static friction is the relative strength of the interactions of the lubricant molecules with the two surfaces.
Dry Friction due to Adsorbed Molecules
In this case we can use the so-called “lubrication” approximation for the solution of the Laplace equation.
Melting of alloys along the inter-phase boundaries in eutectic and peritectic systems
The additional assumption of small opening angles ϕ at the triple junction plays only a technical role and allows to solve the posed problem essentially analytically using the lubrication approximation for the diffusion field in the liquid phase.
Melting of alloys along the inter-phase boundaries in eutectic and peritectic systems
The Reynolds equation is a linear equation describing the evolution of the pressure in mechanisms of lubrication.
Existence result for stationary compressible fluids and asymptotic behavior in thin films