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[ri-fahy-nuh-ree] /rɪˈfaɪ nə ri/
noun, plural refineries.
an establishment for refining something, as metal, sugar, or petroleum.
Origin of refinery
First recorded in 1720-30; refine + -ery Unabridged
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noun (pl) -eries
a factory for the purification of some crude material, such as ore, sugar, oil, etc
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Word Origin and History for refinery

1727, from refine + -ery. Originally in metallurgy and sugar-making; of petroleum by 1865.

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refinery in Science
An industrial plant that uses mechanical and chemical means to purify a substance, such as petroleum or sugar, or to convert it to a form that is more useful.
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