• A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
    A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ointment toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
    • n ointment semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ointment That which serves to anoint; any soft unctuous substance used for smearing or anointing; an unguent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ointment A fatty or unctuous preparation of such a consistency as to be easily applied to the skin by inunction, gradually liquefying when in contact with it. In American pharmacy, ointments differ from the cerates, which are of similar composition, in having a softer consistence and lower melting-temperature. In British pharmacy, the cerates are included among the ointments.
    • n ointment Spermaceti, white wax, oil of almonds, and glycerin.
    • n ointment In the German pharmacopoeia, glycerite of starch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ointment oint′ment anything used in anointing: :
    • n Ointment oint′ment (med.) any greasy substance applied to diseased or wounded parts
    • n Ointment oint′ment (B.) a perfume.
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  • Angelus Silesius
    Angelus Silesius
    “The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth; It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “Whether elected or appointed he considers himself the Lord's anointed, and indeed the ointment lingers on him so thick you can't get your fingers on him.”
  • Bible
    “A good name is better than precious ointment. [Ecclesiastes 7:1]”


Fly in the ointment - A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. oinement, OF. oignement, fr. F. oindre, to anoint, L. ungere, unguere,; akin to Skr. añj, and to G. anke,in Switzerland) butter. The first t, in the E. word is due to the influence of anoint,. Cf. Anoint Unguent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. unguentumungĕre, to smear.


In literature:

Whereas, this Ointment will remove the humors from the system and leave the patient a vigorous and healthy man.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol III, Issue VI, June, 1863" by Various
If there drops a gnat into the ointment of the General, be sure there are ten thousand flies stinking the ointment of the troops.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
When I come to write my next comedy, it will be far in advance of 'Flies in Ointment.
"Golden Stories" by Various
The true ointment Populeon should have the juice of the leaves in it; and the root boiled and strained causes drowsiness.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Their ointments were of man's fat, blood, hog's grease, oil, etc.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Ointment was used at the top of the wig in the same manner as if it had been hair growing on the head.
"At the Sign of the Barber's Pole" by William Andrews
But the more discontented sought the fly in the ointment of the content of their hosts.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Prepare now precious ointment for these men, and wash their heads, and equip them.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 3 (of 3)"
Then he went indoors for ointment and plaster, the flame of the powder having scorched him severely.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The grease which is recovered can be used for various purposes, one of which is the manufacture of ointments, pomades, etc.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech

In poetry:

Yea, for I cast you, sweet!
This one gift, you shall take:
Like ointment, on your unobservant feet,
My silence, for your sake.
"Amor Umbratilis" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Wouldst thou be truly rich and wise?
Come, buy my gold in fire well tried,
My ointment to anoint thine eyes,
My robe, thy nakedness to hide.
"Laodicea" by John Newton
O may the righteous, when I stray,
Smite, and reprove my wand'ring way!
Their gentle words, like ointment shed,
Shall never bruise, but cheer my head.
"Psalm 141" by Isaac Watts
For thirtie pence he did my death devise,
Who at three hundred did the ointment prize,
Not half so sweet as my sweet sacrifice:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
O ye virgin spirits wasting,
O ye hearts of thousands, hasting
Darkly to decay,
Through the blight of disappointment,--
Tenderly, with precious ointment
Lull those cares away;
"Balm" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
You wrong me, wearied out with thought and grieving
As though the whole world's sorrow eat my heart,
I come to gaze upon your face believing
Its beauty is as ointment to the smart.
"The Garden" by Laurence Hope

In news:

When reassembled, the jar resembles early 20th century containers for Dr C H Berry's Freckle Ointment, a cream that was used to fade freckles .
We suggest assorted ointments and the Lionel Ritchie album.
Does it come in a capsule form, or is it an ointment.
Fly in Obama's ointment .
Mueller Hot Stuff Ointment 's Web page says the goo is "great for warming muscles before play and afterwards to help relieve soreness" but is "not recommended for use with additional heat source or on sensitive skin.
Kentucky Christian School student donated 285 tubes of antibiotic ointment to Village to Village Missions in Haiti.
The researchers and the patients did not know who got which ointment .
Possible ointment for sting of deadly power outages.
Two ex-consultants bring a bankrupt ointment maker into America's bedrooms.
Everyone wants a new tub of the gooey, yellow-green ointment.
Marge Boyle, a quilter from Paducah, Ky. Said the ointment is used by quilters to keep their hands soft after handling cloth, thread and needle sticks.
These items are available large selection like ointments, sprays, products or ointments.
Zovirax 5% ointment, Valeant Pharmaceuticals 30 gram (NDC 64455-0993-95)- NDC number discontinued Zovirax 5% cream, Valeant Pharmaceuticals 2 gram (NDC 64455-0994-42) 5 gram (NDC 64455-0994-45)- NDC number discontinued.
Secondly, the ointment or medication has to seep into warts so that it can work.
Then cover the bite with antibiotic ointment and a clean dressing.

In science:

The fly in the ointment now is that we must ensure our construction is left-r.e.
Enumerating randoms
The potential fly in the LHC ointment, until the pA run, is represented by parton shadowing/saturation: for D mesons, for instance, care will have to be exercised at transverse momenta below 10 GeV, where initial state effects are expected to be important.
Hard Probes 2010: Experimental Summary
The fly in the ointment is that this moduli space is singular.
TASI Lectures on Matrix Theory