- an establishment for refining something, as metal, sugar, or petroleum.
Origin of refinery
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Examples from the Web for refinery
Refinery management had normalized the occurrences of hazardous conditions.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
We fought in Mosul 10 days,” Jasim said, “then they sent us to Bayji to help the army liberate the refinery.Bikers of Baghdad: Sunnis, Shias, Skulls, ‘Harleys,’ and Iraqi Flags
July 20, 2014
This unusually severe judgment was the first criminal conviction of a refinery operation under the Clean Air Act.Pollution Is a Violent Crime—Prosecute It as Such
May 8, 2014
The refinery was bought by a little-known company based in Kharkiv called “GasUkraina-2009.”Sergiy Kurchenko, Ukraine’s Missing Oligarch
March 11, 2014
Refinery 29 ran a piece titled: “Kenan Thompson says Black Women Just Arent Funny Enough.”SNL's Kenan Thompson and the Invisible Black Women of Comedy
October 17, 2013
Adjoining this Refinery was the department in which charcoal was made and pulverized.History of the Confederate Powder Works
Geo. W. Rains
Of the refinery of cast iron, or its conversion into bar-iron, in England.
D is the refinery hearth, provided with two pairs of bellows.
This being treated in the refinery fire, is then worked into a bloom.
"And I keep time at the refinery," ventured "Fat" Cunningham.Uncle Sam Detective
William Atherton Du Puy
- a factory for the purification of some crude material, such as ore, sugar, oil, etc
Word Origin and History for refinery
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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