Definition of oil noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    oil

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    noun
    NAmE//ɔɪl//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] a thick liquid that is found in rock underground synonym petroleum drilling for oil
  2. 2 [uncountable] a form of petroleum that is used as fuel and to make parts of machines move smoothly engine oil an oil burner/lamp Put some oil in the car.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a smooth thick liquid that is made from plants or animals and is used in cooking olive oil vegetable oils
  4. 4 [uncountable, countable] a smooth thick liquid that is made from plants, minerals, etc. and is used on the skin or hair lavender bath oil baby oil see also essential oil
  5. 5[uncountable] oils [plural] colored paint containing oil used by artists a painting done in oils landscapes in oil see also oil paint Topic CollocationsFine Artscreating art make a work of art/a drawing/a sketch/a sculpture/a statue/an engraving/an etching/a print do an oil painting/a self-portrait/a line drawing/a rough sketch create a work of art/an artwork/paintings and sculptures produce paintings/portraits/oil sketches/his most celebrated work/a series of prints paint a picture/a landscape/a portrait/a mural/in oils/in watercolors/on canvas draw a picture/a portrait/a cartoon/a sketch/a line/a figure/the human form/in charcoal/in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/a figure/a shape/an outline carve a figure/an image/a sculpture/an altarpiece/reliefs/a block of wood sculpt a (portrait) bust/a statue/an abstract figure etch a line/pattern/design/name into the glass mix colors/pigments/paints add/apply thin/thick layers of paint/color/pigment use oil pastels/charcoal/acrylic paint/a can of spray paint work in bronze/ceramics/stone/oils/pastels/watercolors/a wide variety of mediadescribing art paint/depict a female figure/a biblical scene/a pastoral landscape/a domestic interior have/express/depict/illustrate a traditional/mythological/historical/religious theme create an abstract composition/a richly textured surface/a distorted perspective paint dark/rich/flesh tones use broad brush strokes/loose brushwork/vibrant colors/a limited palette/simple geometric forms develop/adopt/paint in a stylized manner/an abstract styleshowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/a bronze bust of somebody/a portrait/a religious work/an artist to paint something frame a painting/a portrait/a piece/an artwork hang art/a picture/a painting/a piece/an artwork display/exhibit modern art/somebody's work/a collection/original artwork/ drawings/sculptures/a piece be displayed/hung in a gallery/museum install/place a sculpture in/at/on something erect/unveil/dedicate a bronze/marble statue hold/host/mount/open/curate/see an exhibition/exhibit be/go on exhibit feature/promote/showcase contemporary works/a conceptual artist collect African art/modern American paintings/Japanese prints restore/preserve great works of art/a fresco
  6. 6[countable] = oil painting Among the more important Turner oils was “Venus and Adonis.” see also castor oil, cod liver oil, linseed oil, oily
  7. Idioms
    burn the midnight oil
     
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    to study or work until late at night
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: oil