Definition of liniment in English:



mass noun
  • An embrocation for rubbing on the body to relieve pain, especially one made with oil.

    • ‘As Labour MPs rub liniment on their bruises after last week's anti-terror vote, here's a reminder that modern whips are mere pussycats.’
    • ‘Other household items carried by the stores on wheels included washing powder, liniments, salve, and lye used for making soap.’
    • ‘In the past, I stared with amazement and almost revered the brown, smelly liniment as I rubbed it into my bruises.’
    • ‘He may now be saying he wants to spend more time with his young son, but come next season the sniff of liniment might become something he can't refuse.’
    • ‘Alone again, he resumes rubbing liniment on his back.’
    • ‘Old codgers rub sore joints and look for liniment.’
    • ‘For a warming, soothing liniment that helps loosen muscles and gets them ready to go for sport, mix eucalyptus or rosemary oil with almond oil, ensuring that it remains strongly scented, and massage into muscles until you feel a warm glow.’
    • ‘Then be sure to stock some simple over-the-counter remedies, such as aspirin, liniments, diarrhea medications, cold medications, and vitamins - again, in their packaging.’
    • ‘If you experience such a symptom, there is no point in ignoring it or rubbing liniment in the belief that it is a muscle pain.’
    • ‘Massage was developed in connection with incantation, rubbing the spirit out of the body, and was preceded by efforts to rub medicine in, in a similar fashion to rubbing liniments in.’
    • ‘One popular therapy at this time (which continues today in China) was the combination of anmo with herbal ointments, liniments and salves derived from the Chinese materia medica.’
    • ‘The afternoon quickly dissolved, and after putting on blankets, applying liniment and leg wraps, helping bed stalls, and cleaning up the barn, it was dark.’
    • ‘Application of liniments, analgesics, plant hydrosols, and essential oil blends immediately after the cupping will enable the absorption of the product deep into the tissue.’
    • ‘His mother's liniment was prime stuff, and allowed him to move the limb often enough to keep the kinks worked out.’
    • ‘They are business professionals looking to take breaks from their regular routine and shuffle into a hard-knock world of dank locker rooms, sweaty ring towels, liniment, spit buckets and crusty old trainers.’
    • ‘Oil of wintergreen, also known as methyl salicylate, is a time-honored rub or liniment used for sprains, strains, aches, pains and arthritis.’
    • ‘External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.’
    • ‘‘In that case maybe I'll be distributing the horse liniment soon,’ returned Armand.’
    • ‘Oil of Wintergreen, which you find in liniments, is Methyl salicylate.’
    • ‘Herbal medicine is used for circulatory diseases in two ways: internally, through teas, tinctures or capsules, and externally, through poultices, lotions and herbal liniments.’


Late Middle English: from late Latin linimentum, from Latin linire ‘to smear’.