re·​fin·​ery | \ri-ˈfī-nə-rē, -ˈfīn-rē\
plural refineries

Definition of refinery 

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

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Haifa was originally developed rapidly as the territory's primary port, oil refinery and important rail hub. Jeffrey Barken, Jewish Journal, "Haifa's on the rise with university leading the way," 11 July 2018 No, Enfys Nest planted a tracking device on the Falcon when Han was young, leading the Cloud Riders straight to the Coaxium refinery. Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018 An explosion at an oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, on Thursday injured about 20 people, authorities said. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Valero plant workers file suit after Texas City refinery explosion," 31 May 2018 The assets include a 100,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Cape Town and more than 800 gas stations in South Africa and neighboring Botswana. Paul Burkhardt,, "Glencore Is Said to Near $1 Billion Chevron Southern Africa Deal," 21 May 2018 In 2015, a U.S. court confirmed that ConocoPhillips was the sole owner of a coker at the Sweeny refinery in Texas. Lucia Kassai, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips may be worse for Venezuela than U.S. sanctions," 11 May 2018 Days before his own primary race in Texas, Cruz spent the Senate’s in-state work week rallying with steelworkers at a bankrupt oil refinery in Philadelphia. Andrea Drusch, star-telegram, "Cruz’s one-man energy crusade | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Mar. 2018 Anne Rolfes, director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, said this weekend's flaring incident is just the latest in a long line of accidents at the refinery that date back before PBF Energy acquired full ownership in 2015. Mark Schleifstein,, "Dramatic Chalmette Refinery flaring was result of accident, not routine, state says," 12 Mar. 2018 Five years ago, Anthony, Drew and Raymond West were called into their supervisor’s office and let go from their jobs performing heavy-duty maintenance work at an oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "When Three Brothers With a Blood Disorder Lost Their Jobs, the EEOC Sued," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of refinery

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of refinery was circa 1741

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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 \
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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