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oil slick

a smooth area on the surface of water caused by the presence of oil.
Origin of oil slick
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for oil slick
  • But a more common way to see the cancellation is in an oil slick.
  • One pint of oil can produce an oil slick nearly one acre in size.
  • Vessel-deployed ignition devices are soaked with a volatile compound, lit, and allowed to drift into an oil slick.
  • One pint can produce an oil slick the size of a football field.
  • The oil slick formed may stay together, or it may break up in rough seas.
  • Airplane applying chemical dispersants to the oil slick.
  • Contain the spill with absorbent pads or booms, and do not apply any detergent or emulsifier to the oil slick.
  • Sea water is pumped through spray nozzles mounted on the headers to move an oil slick toward the boat.
  • Dispersants do not remove oil from the water, but instead break the oil slick into small droplets.
British Dictionary definitions for oil slick

oil slick

a mass of floating oil covering an area of water, esp oil that has leaked or been discharged from a ship
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