oil well


noun

a well that yields or has yielded oil.

Nearby words

  1. oil shale,
  2. oil slick,
  3. oil spill,
  4. oil tanker,
  5. oil varnish,
  6. oil-cooled,
  7. oil-harden,
  8. oil-immersion objective,
  9. oil-plant,
  10. oil-seed rape

Origin of oil well

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for oil well

oil well

noun

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