Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for refinery
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for refinery


noun (pl) -eries
a factory for the purification of some crude material, such as ore, sugar, oil, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for refinery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for refinery

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for refinery

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for refinery