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[ri-fahy-nuh-ree] /rɪˈfaɪ nə ri/
noun, plural refineries.
an establishment for refining something, as metal, sugar, or petroleum.
Origin of refinery
1720-30; refine + -ery Unabridged
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  • Back to the drafting table: under revamped plans, a refurbished sign will glow again from atop the remodeled refinery.
  • If you half-nationalize a sugar refinery, don't be surprised if foreign direct investment dries up.
  • Instead of this key refinery or that port falling, it's this square or that compound.
  • Meanwhile, on the ground, other scientists have found new ways to track refinery pollution.
  • The oil refinery supplies the wallboard company with petroleum by-products to fire its ovens.
  • Yes, we're all aware of mining accidents and slurry spills-as well as oil refinery explosions and drilling accidents.
  • The solution is then collected from beneath the pad and piped off to a refinery for final processing.
  • The blue whale had disappeared into these giant tanks, arranged in long rows as at any refinery.
  • Then it still needs to be shipped to the refinery and refined into petrochemicals, using still more energy.
  • The first, best use of the output: increased refinery efficiency.
British Dictionary definitions for refinery


noun (pl) -eries
a factory for the purification of some crude material, such as ore, sugar, oil, etc
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Word Origin and History for refinery

1727, from refine + -ery. Originally in metallurgy and sugar-making; of petroleum by 1865.

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refinery in Science
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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