[ ri-fahy-nuh-ree ]
/ rɪˈfaɪ nə ri /
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noun, plural re·fin·er·ies.
an establishment for refining something, as metal, sugar, or petroleum.
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Origin of refinery

First recorded in 1720–30; refine + -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for refinery

/ (rɪˈfaɪnərɪ) /

noun plural -eries
a factory for the purification of some crude material, such as ore, sugar, oil, etc
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Scientific definitions for refinery

[ rĭ-fīnə-rē ]

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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