oil slick


Definition of oil slick 

: a film of oil floating on water

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The several rivers that flow into the bay, strengthened by Tropical Storm Alberto's rains, pushed the oil slicks to more than 70 percent of the bay. Mario J. Pentón, miamiherald, "Pollution is destroying the environment and livelihood for residents in this Cuban city," 7 June 2018 But what lasts long after the credits roll is the movie’s quiet beauty, the iridescent sheen of an oil slick that enshrouds the narrative and the moments of near silence preceding terrifying noise. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018 The fire, fueled by an oil slick on river’s surface, and resulting media coverage galvanized the outrage into broader public action. New York Times, "America Before Earth Day: Smog and Disasters Spurred the Laws Trump Wants to Undo," 21 Apr. 2018 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 Crews radioed the lost ship day after day, but nothing — no reply, no debris, not even an oil slick. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery," 13 Mar. 2018 That reduces the chances of a crude-style oil slick. Anchorage Daily News, "Explosion on Iranian oil tanker burning in East China Sea forces rescue team to retreat," 10 Jan. 2018 Earlier, the Chinese government said the sunken tanker had created two oil slicks. NBC News, "Oil clumps wash ashore in Japan after tanker carrying 1 million barrels sinks," 2 Feb. 2018 But the size of the oil slick from the Sanchi — and the scale of the environmental toll — may be smaller. Gerry Shih, USA TODAY, "Oil tanker burning off China’s coast at risk of exploding," 8 Jan. 2018

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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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