oil slick


Definition of oil slick

: a film of oil floating on water

Examples of oil slick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The oil slick is where the flavor is, fortified by the flintstone heat of chiles across long and short fibers of beef rendered soft in the long, slow braise. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "5 great Mexican restaurants for birria tacos in San Antonio: Birotes Tortas Ahogadas, Birria Barrio, Birriería Estilo Jalisco, Birriería y Taquería Ay Arandas and El Remedio," 3 Sep. 2020 Heavy winds are expected to push the oil slick even farther along the mainland’s shore. Cara Anna, chicagotribune.com, "Indian Ocean island nation Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded tanker," 8 Aug. 2020 Heavy winds are expected to push the oil slick even farther along the mainland's shore. Cara Anna, Star Tribune, "Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship," 8 Aug. 2020 Chemical dispersants break up the oil slick into droplets, which mix into the water column or are broken down by microbes. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Does Lightning Rarely Strike in the Arctic? And More Questions From Our Readers," 10 Apr. 2020 The images here reveal a green leather jacket somewhere between sage and basil, a mink jacket with an oil slick sheen, loose-fitting pants, sneakers, and a pair of exuberant bucket hats. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton Pre-Spring 2021: Virgil Abloh Designs a New ‘Mid-Layer Garment’," 8 July 2020 The Milwaukee River was flushed out with fresh water to keep a growing oil slick away from the nest. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When times were tough during World War II, a duck named Gertie helped Milwaukee find hope," 22 Apr. 2020 This was their way out, hand-over-hand across 70 feet of rope above a burning oil slick. Shaun Mckinnon, USA TODAY, "Donald Stratton, one of the last survivors of the USS Arizona, dies at 97," 18 Feb. 2020 Studies ranged from developing an algorithm to predict oil slicks when satellite images aren’t available, to a way of using fiddler crabs and snails to monitor the health of Louisiana salt marshes. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fueled a Gulf Science Bonanza," 22 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'oil slick.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of oil slick

1887, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about oil slick

Time Traveler for oil slick

Time Traveler

The first known use of oil slick was in 1887

See more words from the same year

Statistics for oil slick

Last Updated

7 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oil slick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20slick. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for oil slick

oil slick


English Language Learners Definition of oil slick

: a thin layer of oil that is floating on the surface of the ocean, a lake, etc.

Comments on oil slick

What made you want to look up oil slick? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!