residual oil


: fuel oil that remains after the removal of valuable distillates (such as gasoline) from petroleum and that is used especially by industry

called also resid

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Once that’s done — the salmon won’t be cooked through just yet — use tongs to transfer it to a plate, leaving any residual oil from the fish in the pan. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 Crude oil prices increased fourfold; job losses mushroomed as factories closed; gasoline was rationed; fights broke out in long gasoline lines; airlines curtailed flights; electricity generation from residual oil was reduced; and fuel allocations for the Defense Department were restricted. John A. Hill, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 Once inside the well, the microbes began breaking down the residual oil hydrocarbons in there—dregs that would be unprofitable to extract—to generate hydrogen and CO2. WIRED, 24 Nov. 2022 Together, these ingredients make for an incredibly calming, extremely effective cleanser that can easily melt away makeup and sunscreen, while also ridding the skin of any residual oil, dirt, or debris. Rebecca Norris, Peoplemag, 30 Sep. 2022 Toss grapes in the same bowl used for vegetables and toss gently with residual oil and salt and pepper left in the bowl. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Oct. 2021 The pipeline has since been shut-off and with residual oil suctioned out. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Hilcorp was also worried about depressurizing the gas line too much then, and potentially allowing residual oil to escape from the line, Carey said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of residual oil was circa 1948

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“Residual oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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