oil slick


: a film of oil floating on water

Examples of oil slick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Houthi attack last month caused an 18-mile oil slick and forced the crew to abandon the ship. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2024 One tussle is composed in black and white; others take place with the creatures skidding on oil slicks and water puddles, or gawking as the Chameleon, living up to her name, throws a jab that mutates into an elephant’s trunk. Amy Nicholson, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 Even before plunging to the ocean’s depths, the vessel had been leaking heavy fuel that triggered an 18-mile oil slick through the waterway, which is critical for cargo and energy shipments heading to Europe. Joshua Goodman, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2024 The ship, which was carrying over 40,000 tons of fertilizer, sunk into the Gulf of Aden, causing an 18-mile oil slick. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The attack caused an 18-mile oil slick and forced the crew to abandon the ship. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Above all else, that chess elders Steve Spagnuolo and Vic Fangio can be to fast offenses what oil slicks are to the Autobahn. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 Aerial photographs taken in the aftermath of the storm show the luminescent sheen of oil slicks and other toxins spreading across the city. Jacob Carter, STAT, 10 Nov. 2023 The nets — or booms — will essentially be floating hair sausages that will surround oil slicks to prevent them from spreading or separating, Estrach said. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oil slick was in 1887

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“Oil slick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20slick. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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oil slick

: a film of oil floating on water
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