Oil vs Ethylene - What's the difference?

oil | ethylene |

As nouns the difference between oil and ethylene

is that oil is while ethylene is ethylene.



(wikipedia oil)

Alternative forms

* oyl (obsolete)


  • Liquid fat.
  • Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices). It was used to make kerosene, the main fuel for artificial lighting after overfishing led to a shortage of whale blubber.}}
  • An oil painting.
  • * 1973 , John Ulric Nef, Search for meaning: the autobiography of a nonconformist (page 89)
  • Yet, in another way, I was unable to put Picasso's oils in the same class as Cezanne's, or even (which will no doubt shock many readers) as Renoir's.

    Derived terms

    * burn the midnight oil * castor oil * cod liver oil * cottonseed oil * croton oil * crude oil * essential oil * evening primrose oil * gorli oil * grapeseed oil * mineral oil * motor oil * mustard oil * neck oil * North Sea oil * oil baron * oil field * oilman * oil paint * oil painting * oil refinery * oil sand * oil shale * oilskin * oilsmoke * oil stove * oil tanker * oil well * oily * olive oil * peak oil * pine oil * pour oil on troubled waters * rape oil * rapeseed oil * rock oil * sesame oil * shale oil * snake oil * sunflower oil * sweet oil * tall oil * tung oil * valve oil * vegetable oil


    (en verb)
  • To lubricate with oil.
  • * 1900 , L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23:
  • Before they went to see Glinda, however, they were taken to a room of the Castle, where Dorothy washed her face and combed her hair, and the Lion shook the dust out of his mane, and the Scarecrow patted himself into his best shape, and the Woodman polished his tin and oiled his joints.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=17 citation , passage=The face which emerged was not reassuring. 
  • To grease with oil for cooking.
  • Derived terms

    * unoil


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  • (organic compound) The common name for the organic chemical compound ethene. The simplest alkene, a colorless gaseous (at room temperature and pressure) hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C2H4.
  • (organic chemistry) The divalent radical derived from ethane.
  • Synonyms

    * IUPAC name: ethene

    Derived terms

    * ethylene glycol * ethylene oxide * ethylene-vinyl acetate * polyethylene * polyethylene terephthalate (ester)