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Liniment definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LIN'IMENT, n. [L. linimentum. from linio, lino, to anoint.]
A species of soft ointment; a composition of a consistence somewhat thinner than an unguent, but thicker than oil

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain [syn: liniment, embrocation]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin linimentum, from Latin linere to smear more at lime Date: 15th century a liquid or semiliquid preparation that is applied to the skin as an anodyne or a counterirritant

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an embrocation, usu. made with oil. Etymology: LL linimentum f. L linire smear

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Liniment Lin"i*ment (l[i^]n"[i^]*ment), n. [L. linimentum, fr. linire, linere, to besmear, anoint : cf. F. liniment. Cf. Letter, Lime a viscous substance.] A liquid or semiliquid preparation of a consistence thinner than an ointment, applied to the skin by friction, esp. one used as a sedative or a stimulant.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(liniments) Liniment is a liquid that you rub into your skin in order to reduce pain or stiffness. N-MASS

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Embrocation, soft ointment.



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