refinery

[ri-fahy-nuh-ree]
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Origin of refinery

First recorded in 1720–30; refine + -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for refinery

refinery

noun plural -eries
  1. 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
n.

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

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refinery in Science

refinery

[rĭ-fīnə-rē]
  1. 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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