French translation of “oil”
oil noun /oil/
› a usually thick liquid that will not mix with water, obtained from plants, animals and minerals
olive oil vegetable oil cooking oil He put some oil on the hinges of the door The car’s engine is in need of oil. oils noun plural › oil paint
He paints in oils. oily adjective › of, like or covered with oil
an oily liquid an oily rag. › trying to be too friendly or polite
The waiters in that restaurant are too oily. oilfield noun › a place where mineral oil is found
There are oilfields in the North Sea. oil paint › paint made with oil
peinture à huile
Some artists prefer to use oil paint(s). oil painting › a picture painted with oil paints.
peinture à l’huile
oil palm › a palm tree whose fruit and seeds yield oil.
palmier à huile
oil rig noun › a structure used to drill oil-wells
The ship sailed past an enormous oil rig. oil tanker noun › a ship used for carrying oil
An oil tanker has run aground near here. oil well noun › a hole drilled into the earth or the sea-bed to obtain petroleum.
puits de pétrole
strike oil › to find oil under the ground
trouver du pétrole
After drilling for several months, they finally struck oil We’ve struck oil (= found what we have been looking for) in our search for a suitable house.