oil well


: a well from which petroleum is obtained

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are a few oil wells in her county that sit near a water source. Josephine Peterson, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2023 The industry is backing a referendum to overturn the ban on drilling oil wells near sensitive sites. Adam Beam, ajc, 15 Mar. 2023 India has subsequently bought Russian oil well below the $60-a-barrel cap imposed by the West. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 24 Feb. 2023 For much of this period, a viewer encountering the company for the first time would have concluded that Exxon was an algae company who happened to have a few oil wells on the side. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2023 Cobo grew up in a South L.A. neighborhood just 30 feet from a toxic oil well that caused a myriad of health problems in her youth, culminating at 19 in a diagnosis of reproductive cancer that required multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation that left her unable to have children. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 Jan. 2023 The daughter of Mexican and Colombian immigrants, Cobo and her three older siblings were raised by their mother in a South LA neighborhood squeezed between gleaming downtown skyscrapers and the ivory tower of USC, with a toxic oil well 30 feet away from their apartment. Jen Wang, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2023 For example, Rick Fox, a charismatic former leader of a Shell oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, found that sharing his fears and shortcomings with his employees, rather than pretending to be an all-powerful boss, boosted his work performance and enriched his personal life. Susan Cain, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2022 Drilling has already begun on the shores of Lake Albert, and in the pristine habitat of Murchison Falls National Park, workers are clearing areas to lay pads for oil wells. Abdi Latif Dahir Arlette Bashizi, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oil well was in 1847

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“Oil well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20well. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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oil well

: a well from which petroleum is obtained

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