oil field


: a region rich in petroleum deposits
especially : one that has been brought into production

Examples of oil field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Silhouetted against the predawn light of the West Texas sky, a group of oil field workers got ready for the tough job ahead on a September day — cleaning up a spill on a rig outside of Odessa — speaking a mix of English and Spanish. Robert Gebeloff, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Vasquez announced details of the health compensation bill at a gathering in Hobbs, accompanied by advocates for the immigrant-rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, amid testimonials from oil field workers and their spouses — speaking in Spanish — about frustrations with working conditions. Morgan Lee, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2023 Energy Alaska regulators on Wednesday ordered ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. to pay nearly $1 million in penalties for a well blowout that led to a weekslong release of natural gas and a brief evacuation at the company’s Alpine oil field. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2023 This meant that when oil fields were discovered under the reservation just a few years later, the Osage became some of the wealthiest people in the world. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 20 Oct. 2023 Our community members deal with the abnormally higher rates of asthma and cancer and other autoimmune disorders from working oil fields. Justine Calma, The Verge, 18 Sep. 2023 The acquisition of Hess will add a major oil field in Guyana as well as shale properties in the Bakken Formation in North Dakota to Chevron's portfolio. CBS News, 23 Oct. 2023 Set in the 1920s, the crime drama epic revolves around the killing spree of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, who reside on priceless oil fields. Michaela Zee, Variety, 24 Sep. 2023 The White House had ration cards printed in secret (fortunately never used), and President Richard Nixon contemplated military action to seize oil fields in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. Arthur Herman, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil field was in 1863

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“Oil field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20field. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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oil field

: a region rich in oil deposits

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