re·​fin·​ery | \ ri-ˈfī-nə-rē How to pronounce refinery (audio) , -ˈfīn-rē \
plural refineries

Definition of refinery

: a building and equipment for refining or processing something (such as oil or sugar)

Examples of refinery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flint Hills Resources is contemplating the construction of a large on-site solar farm to generate electricity for its sprawling Pine Bend oil refinery in Rosemount. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Rosemount oil refinery considers building its own large solar farm," 26 Jan. 2021 Mott will produce high-precision gas and liquid filtration systems for a refinery for Pemex, the Mexican petroleum giant. Don Stacom,, "Coronavirus safety measures helped a Farmington manufacturer win a $10M international contract," 18 Dec. 2020 Rather than collecting emissions from a power plant or refinery’s chimney, these experimental machines would pull the gas from the air. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Exxon Mobil shelves a carbon capture project using technology that could slow climate change," 8 Dec. 2020 And gasoline produced at its McKee refinery in the Texas Panhandle that year had excessive sulfur levels, which contributes to higher emissions, the EPA said. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Valero to pay $2.85 million fine for violating pollution standards," 26 Oct. 2020 India edged lower in September, as refinery runs in their closest major market remained subdued amid anaemic diesel demand. Julian Lee,, "Surge in Saudi Oil Flows Offset Cut in UAE’s September Exports," 2 Oct. 2020 According the SuperAmerica website, the stores and refinery have more than 2,000 employees. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "SuperAmerica is becoming Speedway, end of a name that originated at a St. Paul gas station," 12 Oct. 2018 The former Green Party politician ultimately wants to see the oil giant decommission its massive refinery on the city’s waterfront. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: Western voters weighed in on climate change, up and down the ballot," 12 Nov. 2020 Its 44,500 barrel-a-day Santa Maria refinery to the south will shut permanently by early 2023. Barbara J Powell,, "New Jersey Refinery Becomes Latest Casualty of Collapse in Fuel Demand," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of refinery

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of refinery

: a place where the unwanted substances in something (such as oil or sugar) are removed : a place where something is refined


re·​fin·​ery | \ ri-ˈfī-nə-rē How to pronounce refinery (audio) \
plural refineries

Kids Definition of refinery

: a building and equipment where something (as oil or metal) is made pure and ready for use

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