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grease Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a thick fatty oil (especially one used to lubricate machinery)
    lubricating oil.
  2. noun the state of being covered with unclean things
    filth; dirt; soil; grime; grunge; stain.
  3. verb lubricate with grease
    • grease the wheels

Grease noun
OE. grese, grece, F. graisse; akin to gras fat, greasy, fr. LL. grassus thick, fat, gross, L. crassus. Cf. Crass.
  1. Animal fat, as tallow or lard, especially when in a soft state; oily or unctuous matter of any kind.
  2. (Far.) An inflammation of a horse's heels, suspending the ordinary greasy secretion of the part, and producing dryness and scurfiness, followed by cracks, ulceration, and fungous excrescences.
Grease transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Greased present participle & verbal noun Greasing
  1. To smear, anoint, or daub, with grease or fat; to lubricate; as, to grease the wheels of a wagon.
  2. To bribe; to corrupt with presents.
    The greased advocate that grinds the poor. Dryden.
  3. To cheat or cozen; to overreach. Obs. Beau. & Fl.
  4. (Ear.) To affect (a horse) with grease, the disease. Usher.

Webster 1913