[ ri-fahy-nuh-ree ]
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noun,plural re·fin·er·ies.
  1. an establishment for refining something, as metal, sugar, or petroleum.

Origin of refinery

First recorded in 1720–30; refine + -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for refinery


/ (rɪˈfaɪnərɪ) /

nounplural -eries
  1. 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 ]

  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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