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[oil-kan] /ˈɔɪlˌkæn/
a can having a long spout through which oil is poured or squirted to lubricate machinery or the like.
Origin of oilcan
1830-40; oil + can2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He found some waste and an oilcan in the tool-chest, and polished until the metal shone.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • Telling the fireman he could go to sleep, he moved about the engine with an oilcan and afterwards cleaned the fire.

    Brandon of the Engineers Harold Bindloss
  • There was a saddlebag with spanner and oilcan, but no clue as to the owner.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • On the iron table stood an oilcan, and the small indicator-clock showed a few minutes to ten.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Sergeant Silk snatched the oilcan from Joe Halkett's grip and handed it to the fireman.

British Dictionary definitions for oilcan


a container with a long nozzle for applying lubricating oil to machinery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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