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oil slick

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noun
  1. a smooth area on the surface of water caused by the presence of oil.

Origin of oil slick

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for oil slick

Historical Examples

  • The oil-slick left behind by his wake was so heavy that, even in the failing light, it was visible for several miles.

    Sea-Hounds

    Lewis R. Freeman


British Dictionary definitions for oil slick

oil slick

noun
  1. a mass of floating oil covering an area of water, esp oil that has leaked or been discharged from a ship
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