Translation of "oil" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ɔɪl/ us /ɔɪl/

oil noun (FUEL)

B1 [ U ] petroleum (= the black oil obtained from under the earth's surface from which petrol comes)

drilling for oil 钻探石油
the oil industry 石油工业

B1 [ U ] a thick liquid that comes from petroleum, used as a fuel and for making parts of machines move easily

diesel/lubricating oil 柴油/润滑油

More examples

  • You should always check your oil, water and tyres before taking your car on a long trip.
  • Reports are just coming in of a major oil spillage in the North Sea.
  • Serve the pasta hot with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • The walls are covered in oil paintings.
  • The oil company was found guilty on ten counts of pollution, and was punished with a $250 million fine.

oil noun (FOR COOKING)

A2 [ C or U ] a smooth thick liquid produced from plants or animals that is used in cooking

olive/corn/vegetable/sunflower oil 橄榄/玉米/植物/葵花籽油

oil noun (FOR BODY/HAIR)

[ C or U ] a smooth thick liquid that is used to improve the appearance or quality of the skin or hair

bath oil 沐浴润肤油

oil noun (PAINT)

oils [ plural ]

thick paints with an oil base, used for painting pictures

Do you paint in oils or watercolours? 你画油画还是水彩画?

oilverb [ T ]

uk /ɔɪl/ us /ɔɪl/

to put oil on something, especially a machine, usually to make it work more easily without sticking

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(Translation of “oil” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)