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refinery

[ 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.

RELATED WORDS

refiner, cleaner, detergent, cleanser, filter, wash, disinfectant, fumigator, clarifier, deodorizer, sanitizer

Nearby words

refine, refined, refinedly, refinement, refiner, refinery, refining, refinish, refit, refl., reflag

Origin of refinery

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

refinery

/ (rɪˈfaɪnərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

a factory for the purification of some crude material, such as ore, sugar, oil, etc
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Science definitions for refinery

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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