well·​head | \ ˈwel-ˌhed How to pronounce wellhead (audio) \

Definition of wellhead

1 : the source of a spring or a stream
2 : principal source : fountainhead
3 : the top of or a structure built over a well

Examples of wellhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Petroleum engineers make about $137,000 a year, pump system and refinery operators $72,000 a year, wellhead pumpers $58,000, and roustabouts $44,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Joe Biden Is Targeting a Great American Industry," 27 Oct. 2020 The Russian army sent a Rapira anti-tank gun and crew to shell the wellhead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putting Out an Oil Well Fire...With an Anti-Tank Gun," 8 June 2020 To control that pressure, workers mount hulking assemblages of steel valves and piping—the frac stacks—at the wellhead. Popular Science, "The pandemic could end Texas’s oil boom—and start something better," 5 Oct. 2020 The fermentation process releases carbon dioxide, which is captured in a large flue, then sent by pipeline to a wellhead. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 The gun crew fired repeatedly at the wellhead from a distance of 180 meters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putting Out an Oil Well Fire...With an Anti-Tank Gun," 8 June 2020 Wittpenn/Bloomberg Perched on the back of a semi-trailer is the latest weapon in tackling the problem of wasted natural gas that oil producers often vent into the air or even burn off at the wellhead. Anna Shiryaevskaya, Bloomberg.com, "A Way to Halt Natural Gas Flaring Arrives on the Back of a Truck," 10 May 2020 That could trigger a blowout that would be harder to stop due to the damaged wellheads being possibly hundreds of feet deep in muddy debris, said MacDonald, who helped determine the magnitude of the 2010 spill. Kevin Mcgill And Matthew Brown, Houston Chronicle, "10 years after BP spill: Oil drilled deeper; rules relaxed," 21 Apr. 2020 Some were thriving very near Deepwater Horizon’s wellhead before the spill, according to seafloor surveys. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wellhead

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wellhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellhead. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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