oil slick



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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Historical Examples of oil slick

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


    Lewis R. Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for oil slick

oil slick


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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