Definition of refinery
: a building and equipment for refining or processing something (such as oil or sugar)
Recent Examples of refinery from the Web
But since many U.S. refineries were designed for heavy crudes from Mexico, Venezuela and Canada, the light shale oil from Texas is an awkward mismatch.
The other death was a refinery foreman that experienced a heart attack.
For decades, tankers laden with crude from around the world arrived at Gulf Coast refineries to be made into fuel for American cars and trucks.
Highland resident Gene Hermann was living in Robertsdale at the time, and was employed as a laborer at the refinery.
But TransCanada is having trouble getting oil companies and refineries to commit to using the pipeline, which will run 1,700 miles between Alberta in Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.
Higher gasoline and crude oil inventories, high refinery output and lower demand are contributing to this downward trend.
His father practiced architectural engineering, often visiting the middle east to construct refineries and buildings.
While America worried about Soviet influence in Iran, the British remained focused on resolving a dispute over the nationalization of the country’s oil refinery at Abadan, at the time one of the world’s largest.
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First Known Use of refinery
REFINERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of refinery for English Language Learners
: a place where the unwanted substances in something (such as oil or sugar) are removed : a place where something is refined
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Definition of refinery for Students
: a building and equipment where something (as oil or metal) is made pure and ready for use
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