oil spill



an accidental release of oil into a body of water, as from a tanker, offshore drilling rig, or underwater pipeline, often presenting a hazard to marine life and the environment.

Nearby words

  1. oil rivers,
  2. oil sand,
  3. oil sands,
  4. oil shale,
  5. oil slick,
  6. oil tanker,
  7. oil varnish,
  8. oil well,
  9. oil-cooled,
  10. oil-harden

Origin of oil spill

First recorded in 1965–70

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