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[loo-bris-i-tee] /luˈbrɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural lubricities.
oily smoothness, as of a surface; slipperiness.
ability to lubricate; capacity for lubrication:
the wonderful lubricity of this new oil.
instability; shiftiness; fleeting nature:
the lubricity of fame and fortune.
lewdness; lustfulness: lasciviousness; salaciousness.
something that arouses lasciviousness, especially pornography.
Origin of lubricity
1485-95; earlier lubrycyte lewdness < Medieval Latin lubricitās lechery, Late Latin: slipperiness. See lubric, -ity Unabridged
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  • With hip-hop pushing toward the explicit, they now dispense sweet nothings as a thin cover for lubricity.
  • The nonmetallic properties include high-thermal resistance, inertness, and lubricity.
  • Furthermore, specification changes have been proposed to define a lubricity and minimum aromatics requirement.
  • lubricity of the synthetic material was similar to that of commercial winter diesel fuel.
  • The nonmetallic properties include inertness, high thermal resistance, and lubricity.
  • The impact of methyl esters of the oil verses the purified fatty acids on lubricity will be determined over the next few months.
  • It provides high-level lubricity performance, which can offset the use of conventional chlorinated additives.
  • However, sulfur has one good quality in fuel in that it provides lubricity, thus reducing wear on engine parts.
  • The nonmetallic properties include high thermal resistance, inertness, and lubricity.
  • Because of its corrosive effect on the metallic parts and lack of lubricity, water was replaced by petroleum-based oil.
British Dictionary definitions for lubricity


(formal or literary) lewdness or salaciousness
(rare) smoothness or slipperiness
capacity to lubricate
Word Origin
C15 (lewdness), C17 (slipperiness): from Old French lubricité, from Medieval Latin lubricitās, from Latin, from lūbricus slippery
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Word Origin and History for lubricity

late 15c., "lasciviousness," from Middle French lubricité or directly from Latin lubricitatem (nominative lubricitas), from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Sense of "oiliness, smoothness" is from 1540s; figurative sense of "shiftiness" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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