refinery

noun re·fin·ery \ ri-ˈfī-nə-rē , -ˈfīn-rē \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of refinery

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

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First Known Use of refinery

circa 1741

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REFINERY Defined for English Language Learners

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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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refinery

noun re·fin·ery \ ri-ˈfī-nə-rē \

Definition of refinery for Students

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

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