American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An industrial plant for purifying a crude substance, such as petroleum or sugar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place or establishment where some substance, as petroleum, is refined; specifically, in metallurgy, a place where metals are refined. See refine and finery.
- n. A building, or a mass of machinery, used to produce refined products such as sugar, oil, or metals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The building and apparatus for refining or purifying, esp. metals and sugar.
- n. A furnace in which cast iron is refined by the action of a blast on the molten metal.
- n. an industrial plant for purifying a crude substance
“The refinery is being restarted and is expected to resume normal operations early November.”
“While the refinery is old and complex, it is not in worse condition than any other.”
“Its biggest refinery is being constructed in India.”
“Crude stockpiles rose three million barrels following a drop in refinery utilization rates, but gasoline stocks plunged 2.64 million barrels.”
“Then a black-and-white image of an oil refinery is shown.”
“The Tianjin refinery, in which CNPC has 51% interest and Russia's OAO Rosneft has 49%, was originally due to refine 200,000 barrels a day, but its capacity was increased to 260,000 in light of rising oil-product demand in China.”
“The rest of the crude feedstock for the Tianjin refinery will be bought from the Middle East.”
“GJELTEN: Because studying a computer worm designed to sabotage a power plant or gas refinery is a far cry from thinking about some virus engineered by a lone hacker.”
“At the Feyzin refinery in France's Rhone valley region, the local leader of the CFDT trade union told French radio the majority of workers supported the strike.”
“- Oil Companies have piled up obscene profits, refused to invest a penny in refinery capacity, and raped the American consumer in the process.”
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