oil slick


Definition of oil slick

: a film of oil floating on water

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But after local activists observed more oil slicks near the site of the Deepwater Horizon Spill in 2010, the Taylor oil spill started getting national attention. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An oil spill that began 15 years ago is up to a thousand times worse than the rig owner's estimate, study finds," 29 June 2019 Previous studies had either used samples from oil slicks on the ocean surface or measurements from flying over the site. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An oil spill that began 15 years ago is up to a thousand times worse than the rig owner's estimate, study finds," 29 June 2019 The blaze on June 22, 1969, wasn’t the worst fire on the oil slicked and debris filled river. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "The Cuyahoga River recovered, now we need to keep it that way: Michael K. McIntyre," 23 June 2019 Seventy-five years ago, Ed Kenney was a Navy gunner on one of the landing craft that brought tanks and soldiers to the waters off Normandy, waters that took on the look of an oil slick as Nazi machine guns ripped American soldiers to shreds. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "In the wake of a devastating Bruins loss, some perspective from the Greatest Generation," 13 June 2019 Within a few hours of the search, @kimaguregolf9 reported that aircraft from the JASDF Air Rescue Wing had detected an oil slick on the water. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japanese F-35 Reported Missing Over the Pacific Ocean," 9 Apr. 2019 Using oil in your marinade will actually create an oil slick on the tofu and the flavors will never sink in. Jamie Wilson, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Tofu That Actually Tastes Good," 15 Dec. 2016 Crews radioed the lost ship day after day, but nothing — no reply, no debris, not even an oil slick. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Sending a similarly loud (and colorful!) message were the sharp talons at Chromat, which tied into the show's efforts to raise awareness about climate change with weather map and oil slick-inspired prints by Lady Fancy Nails. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Beauty Trends That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 11 Feb. 2019

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil slick was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of oil slick

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

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