Definition of lube in English:



  • 1A lubricant.

    • ‘Otherwise they hold on to whatever touches them, and the chain will have enough lube on it to moisten up the cogs where it contacts each one.’
    • ‘I simply place 100 cases in a shallow cardboard tray, and use a spray-on lube before running them through the progressive cycle.’
    • ‘Laboriously rolling each case on a lube pad was a chore to be avoided but today we can use any of several excellent aerosol case lubes.’
    • ‘Experts also recommend an especially formulated tire-mounting lube or no lubrication at all.’
    • ‘That's messy, and then you've got to - somehow - clean the lube out of the case.’
    • ‘If any major work is required, they drive the machine to the landing and a new, exceptionally-well equipped 45-foot service van that includes all the tools, fuel, lubes and spare parts as well as an office.’
    • ‘Cycling the gun a few times spread the lube around, and then wiping the exterior down with a soft cloth left the gun clean and dry.’
    • ‘In the weeks since the war, several after action reviews have concluded that the Army's standard weapons lube was inadequate for the job in the desert.’
    • ‘His recommendation that riders use a chain lube which does not attract or hold dirt as a means of keeping the cassette clean certainly hits close to home for me.’
    • ‘Just a dot of lube on the cocking cam and on the rear surface of each bolt lug is sufficient.’
    • ‘For this I followed my normal procedure of placing around 100 cases in a shallow cardboard tray, applying spray-on lube, shaking, and spraying again.’
    • ‘All the lubes are stable from 100 degrees below zero to 750 above, beyond which I'm pretty much null and void anyway.’
    • ‘He knew old timers used soap for lube in muzzle loaders, so he taught me to roll the bullets in a thick mixture of Ivory soap and water and let them dry.’
    • ‘However, for larger amounts it is much easier to place 50 to 75 cases in a cardboard tray large enough to hold them with some shaking room and then apply a spray-on lube.’
    • ‘There are lots of other case lubes and I can't say that one is better or worse than another.’
    • ‘This lube is for slides, rails, bushings - anywhere you need good lube to migrate.’
    • ‘He shuttles her to the tops of mountains for practice runs, keeps their 52-foot sailboat shipshape, and makes sure she doesn't completely lose touch with the world beyond dirt and chain lube.’
    • ‘In most shops the lube alone would cost at least £9!’
    • ‘Ditto for both differentials, which you change over to synthetic gear lube after the break-in period.’
    • ‘There are now fortified dry lubes, synthetic wet lubes, self-cleaning wax lubes, all-condition lubes, chain cleaners, chain grunge brushes and more.’
    lubricant, lubrication, grease
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    1. 1.1Lubrication.
      [as modifier] ‘a lube job’
      • ‘With repair bills approaching twelve hundred dollars, it would be determined that a chemical related mishap during a lube service was the culprit.’
      lubricant, lubrication, unguent
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[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Lubricate (something)

    • ‘The shop in Bangor lubed the gear legs with a special cold-weather grease, and the problem was solved.’
    • ‘Bottlenecked cartridges such as the .44-40 and .38-40 are lubed before sizing.’
    • ‘If your bearings were lubed with a thick gel or grease, you may have to let them soak for ten minutes, shake for ten minutes, soak for ten minutes and so on to get them clean.’
    • ‘A touch is all that is needed to lube delicate trigger mechanisms, firing pins, ejectors, extractors and springs.’
    • ‘I think it lubes my chain very effectively, and my drive train stays very clean, with no crud-attracting liquid lube on it.’
    • ‘If you don't like to clean and lube your bearings often, go with a Gel style lubricant.’
    • ‘After a ride, wipe down your bike, lube the chain and check the tires for proper inflation.’
    • ‘The only preparation done before shooting was to run a few dry patches through the bore and properly lube the gun.’
    • ‘By the end of the two-hour session, these women know how to make their bikes fit their bodies, how to clean their bikes, lube their chains and determine what's working properly and what's not.’
    • ‘Dry with an old towel and lube the moving parts with reel grease.’
    • ‘In low-speed applications, ball bearings are lubed with grease.’
    • ‘Since the amount of actual sizing work done is very little, I apply the lube sparingly and often just lube every other case.’
    • ‘Follow instructions regarding lubing the seal on the filter before installation.’
    • ‘My shop owner showed me this trick that had worked for him once: he removed the front derailleur clamp, cleaned it and the seat tube, lubed it with titanium anti-seize compound and remounted it onto the seat tube.’
    • ‘It's based on our new cleaner, Speed Clean, that's so effective and evaporates so quickly that you can use it without water rinsing and without having to wait for it to dry before lubing your chain.’
    • ‘In addition to this, each cartridge case had to be lubed by hand.’
    • ‘The gun was lubed at the start of every practice session, i.e. every 200 rounds.’
    • ‘Due to this taper, cases must be lubed and sized with a conventional sizing die.’
    • ‘The theory is that the top round only needs to be lubed, and that going in and out of the chamber it will leave enough lubricant for the rest of the cartridges in the magazine's stack.’
    • ‘The only preparation was to run a dry patch through the bore and lube the gun properly.’


1930s: abbreviation.