oil well

noun

Definition of oil well

: a well from which petroleum is obtained

Examples of oil well in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May 2019, workers in California’s Central Valley struggled to seal a broken oil well. ProPublica, "Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.," 18 Sep. 2020 According to Reuters, the Russian Defence Ministry flew in a Rapira MT-12 anti-tank gun and crew to the oil well site. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putting Out an Oil Well Fire...With an Anti-Tank Gun," 8 June 2020 Pre-pandemic — in the Before Times — there were high hopes that the Golden State's legislative body would tackle issues ranging from oil well setbacks to conservation goals. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Bringing labor into green movement," 5 Sep. 2020 The Choctaw County town of Gilberton was the site of the first oil well drilled in Alabama. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Here’s a fun fact about every Alabama county," 19 Aug. 2020 That in itself was no easy feat—the Siberian Times says the oil well was 1,000 kilometers from the city of Irkutsk and 100 kilometers from the nearest village. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putting Out an Oil Well Fire...With an Anti-Tank Gun," 8 June 2020 After an oil well blowout near Santa Barbara, California, in 1969, public outrage helped spawn the first Earth Day and a quick succession of far-reaching federal environmental laws. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Deepwater Horizon: What we learned from worst oil spill ever," 10 June 2020 The storage takes place in caverns underground, or in depleted oil wells. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "There Are Green Jobs Hiding in the Oilfields," 12 May 2020 Here, McCoy realized a parallel with the oil business: The amount of oil produced by a given oil well also decays at a decelerating rate over time. Jon Hartley, National Review, "Trading Down with First-Round Picks Is a Path to NFL-Title Contention," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of oil well

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Oil well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20well. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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oil well

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oil well

: a hole that has been drilled into the ground through which oil can be removed

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