Definition of refinery
: a building and equipment for refining or processing something (such as oil or sugar)
Recent Examples of refinery from the Web
The latter group has received money from foundations controlled by the Koch brothers, whose company owns refineries and more than 4,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines.
U.S. crude exports and refinery inputs advance to records Gas-guzzling is hot again as demand hits highest level ever There’s a loud sucking sound coming from the depths of oil storage tanks across the United States.
Washington state is also moving ahead with capping carbon emissions and requiring power plants and oil refineries to reduce emissions over time.
With Florida’s average price currently 6 cents less than the national average, that should keep the average price in Florida at $2.34, barring unexpected pressure on supplies from a hurricane or refinery outage, AAA said.
A company wants to build an oil refinery about 3 miles from the park, but some worry about air pollution in the park.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is set to shed another layer of its industrial past this summer with the opening of a 16-story rental building on the site of the former Domino Sugar refinery.
The program requires oil refineries, food processors, power plants and other facilities to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions.
The major oil companies are already extracting hydrogen from gasoline for industrial uses at nine refinery complexes throughout the United States.
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First Known Use of refinery
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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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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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