from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, usually containing medication, used as a treatment or as an emollient.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which serves to anoint; any soft unctuous substance used for smearing or anointing; an unguent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fatty or unctuous preparation of such a consistency as to be easily applied to the skin by inunction, gradually liquefying when in contact with it.
- n. Spermaceti, white wax, oil of almonds, and glycerin.
- n. In the German pharmacopoeia, glycerite of starch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
- n. toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
Middle English oinement, from Old French oignement, from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum; see unguent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A later form (as if oint + -ment) of oinement, from Old French oignement ("an anointing"), from oigner, oindre, ongier ("to anoint"), from Latin unguere, ungere ("to anoint"). (Wiktionary)