[loo-bris-i-tee] /luˈbrɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural lubricities.
oily smoothness, as of a surface; slipperiness.
ability to ; capacity for :
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.
(formal or literary) lewdness or salaciousness
(rare) smoothness or slipperiness
capacity to lubricate
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.
[loo-bri-kuh s] /ˈlu brɪ kəs/ adjective 1. (of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery. 2. unstable; shifty; fleeting. 3. . adj. 1530s, “lascivious,” from Latin lubricus “slippery, smooth,” from lubricus “slippery” (see lubricant (adj.)). Literal meaning “slippery, oily” is from 1650s in English; figurative sense of “shifty, elusive” is from 1640s. Also […]
/ˌluːbrɪˈtɔːrɪəm/ noun (pl) -ria (-rɪə) 1. (mainly US) a place, as in a service station, for the lubrication of motor vehicles n. “place where automobiles are greased,” 1928; from lubrication + ending from auditorium. Mentioned as an overworked suffix in the late 1920s; Mencken also lists infantorium, shavatorium, restatorium, hatatorium, and odditorium (“a slide-show”).
[loo-boo m-bah-shee] /lʊˈbʊm bɑ ʃi/ noun 1. a city in the S Democratic Republic of the Congo. [shah-buh] /ˈʃɑ bə/ noun 1. a province in the SE Democratic Republic of the Congo: important mining area. 191,878 sq. mi. (496,964 sq. km). Capital: Lubumbashi. /ˌluːbʊmˈbæʃɪ/ noun 1. a city in the S Democratic Republic of Congo […]
[loo-byahng-kuh] /luˈbyɑŋ kə/ noun 1. a prison and secret-police headquarters in central Moscow.