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wellhead

[wel-hed] /ˈwɛlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a fountainhead; source.
2.
Also called wellhouse. a shelter for a well.
3.
the assemblage of equipment attached to the opening of an oil or gas well.
adjective
4.
noting or pertaining to petroleum, natural gas, etc., at the place and time at which it leaves the ground:
a wellhead price.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English welleheved. See well2, head
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  • Gas traditionally needed elaborate systems of pipelines to get it from the wellhead to the customer.
  • Adult pancake batfish on the seafloor could be immediately harmed by oil gushing from the broken wellhead.
  • Oil has taken a heavy toll on invertebrates living on the seafloor near the wellhead.
  • Today the throughput of the industrial system, from mine and wellhead to finished product, ends up in a landfill or incinerator.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellhead

wellhead

/ˈwɛlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the source of a well or stream
2.
a source, fountainhead, or origin
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