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acne a skin condition that makes pimples appear on the face, back, or chest. It happens when oil glands in the skin are blocked.
anoint to honor or make holy by applying oil as part of a religious ceremony.
asphalt a sticky black substance like tar. Asphalt is found naturally or obtained when oil is refined. It is used for making roads and roofs and for making things waterproof. [1/2 definitions]
canvas a piece of this material used as the surface for an oil painting. [1/2 definitions]
crisp the British word for a very thin slice of potato that is fried in oil and seasoned with salt and sometimes other flavorings. "Crisp" has the same meaning as "potato chip." [1/4 definitions]
derrick a tower built over an oil well or other drill hole. It is used to support and move equipment. [1/2 definitions]
diesel engine a type of engine that burns fuel oil. Diesel engines are different from most car engines, which use an electric spark to ignite the fuel. In a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into a chamber and set on fire by the heat of air that has been put under high pressure. Big trucks have diesel engines.
eucalyptus a kind of tall evergreen tree native to Australia. The eucalyptus has leaves that give off a strong smelling oil that is used in medicines.
flax a plant with tiny blue flowers and with seeds from which an oil is pressed. [1/2 definitions]
fried cooked in oil, butter, or some other fat. [1/2 definitions]
fry1 to cook in hot butter, oil, or other fat. [1/2 definitions]
gas station a place where gas, oil, and other supplies for running a car can be bought; filling station; service station.
green of a company or industry, producing products that do little damage to the environment and producing them in a way that conserves energy from sources like coal and oil. A green company or industry does not pollute the air or water in making its products, or does so as little as possible. [2/11 definitions]
kerosene a thin liquid fuel. Kerosene is usually made from petroleum, but can also be made from oil, coal shale, or tar.
latke a pancake made with small bits of potato, egg, onion, and salt. Latkes are fried in a pan with oil.
linoleum a floor covering that is not easily worn out. Linoleum is made by pressing linseed oil and ground-up wood products onto a canvas backing.
linseed oil a yellowish oil that comes from the seed of flax plants. It is used in making oil paints, ink, and linoleum.
lubricate to coat or supply with grease, oil, or another slippery substance.
margarine a food used in place of butter. Margarine is made of vegetable oil, milk, coloring, and other ingredients.
mayonnaise a thick dressing of oil, vinegar or lemon juice, seasonings, and egg yolks. Mayonnaise is used in salads, sandwiches, and other dishes.
oil any one of the greasy liquids that come from minerals, animals, plants or chemicals. Oil can be dissolved in alcohol, but not water. [2/3 definitions]