oil well


a well that yields or has yielded oil.

Origin of oil well

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Related Words for oil well

oilfield, gusher, wildcat, oiler

Examples from the Web for oil well

Historical Examples of oil well

  • She forgot that, before breakfast, Milt had filled the oil-well for her.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • When he got it done, the water bubbled through it like an oil-well.

  • It was only a matter of time, he declared, before the oil-well would yield rich profit.

    Mr. Opp

    Alice Hegan Rice

  • I told you, quite truthfully, that I had put part of your money into options in an oil-well.

  • This frequently causes explosions, tearing out the side of the well or blowing out the casing, and making the oil-well useless.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for oil well

oil well


a boring into the earth or sea bed for the extraction of petroleum
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